'Stamp Out Hunger' food drive celebrates 25 years

13 May, 2017, 10:01 | Author: Essie Rivera
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"Our letter carriers walk through the community every day and often come face to face with the sad reality of too many hungry people", said food drive Coordinator Bob Bottegal. From there the local mail carriers will take the bag of food to the Muskingum County Fairgrounds.

All you need to do is leave a non-perishable food item in or by your mailbox or you can deliver it to your local post office on Saturday, May 13. Last year, Stamp Out Hunger netted 80.1 million pounds of food in 10,000 cities and towns, and in all 50 states. Oregonians can leave nonperishable food items in bags or boxes near their mailboxes for collection. We agree with those involved when the say: "Fill a bag with food..." Donations in Central Texas will go to the Central Texas Food Bank, which is hosting its 21 County Fair on May 20.

"We are asking everybody if they would to continue doing the same", said Callie Childers a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers.

The Yakima Post Office has partnered up with the Union Gospel Mission for this year's food drive.

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Yolo Food Bank staff will be stationed at the Woodland Post Office as well as the West Sacramento Post Office with approximately 12-16 volunteers per location. "We are grateful to everyone who participates and the hundreds of letter carriers who give their time to make this event happen", said Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan in a press release.

But for the 25th year in a row, food banks and postal workers are giving a hand to those in need.

According to statistics found on the National Association of Letter Carriers website (www.nalc.org) in 2015, postal carriers collected more than 70 million pounds of food nationally.

As for the food, it all stays local. "We need peanut butter, canned fruit in its own juice, we also need canned chicken, canned tuna".

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