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Letter carriers to collect for area food banks on May 12

Letter carriers to collect for area food banks on May 12

This is the 26th Anniversary of the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the largest one-day food drive in America.

Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect nonperishable food donations. Your letter carrier will pick up your donation and deliver it to a local food bank.

"The Letter Carriers' Food Drive is more important than ever", said Katie Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

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With 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including almost 16 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help. Some of the items most needed are canned soup, canned fruit, canned tuna, evaporated, dry or shelf stable milk, pasta sauce in cans or plastic jars, canned beans (such as kidney and pinto, beans), pasta and cereal.

Collections in previous years have exceeded 12,000 pounds of non-perishable food collected, with expectations for this year's drive to be even higher. Cash donations are always welcomed, and all of the donations collected remain local. Letter carriers will be picking up food in addition to delivering the mail that day. Several national partners are assisting NALC in the food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.

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