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Stamp Out Hunger on May 10

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

To donate, just place boxes or cans of non-perishable food next to your mailbox by 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. The carrier, with the help of volunteers, will do the rest. The food is sorted and delivered to area food banks where it is available for needy families.

Chicken noodle and cream soups, peanut butter, and canned fruit are some of the items that are needed. Canned meat and tuna, pork and beans, and canned stews, chili and chunky soups are also needed. Any non-perishable food item that has not passed its expiration date is valuable for someone who is hungry.

Items not needed due to a current surplus are tomato soup, green beans, macaroni and spaghetti. Food shelves cannot accept expired items.

Volunteers are needed to help mail carriers pick up the donations and to unload and count supplies. To sign up, call Meg Kearns, food shelf coordinator of Churches United in Ministry (CHUM) at 727-2391.

Food donations are especially helpful this time of year when school will soon close for the summer and children won’t have access to the school lunch program.

More than 50 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 17 million children. The Stamp Out Hunger drive led by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO) has delivered more than one billion pounds of food over the past

20 years.