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National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Is Saturday

Residents are encouraged to leave one bag of non-perishable food at their mailboxes by 9 a.m. Saturday for their carriers to pick up and take to the local food pantry.

Letter carriers all over the United States will be looking to pick up more than just mail this weekend.

Saturday is the official day of the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, an initiative of the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Residents can do their part by leaving at least one bag of non-perishable food at their mailboxes or wherever their mail is normally left by 9 a.m. Saturday.

More than 49 million people in America struggle to feed themselves and their families and often end up going hungry, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. One in five are children.

The postal service and the association of letter carriers has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food since 1992, the year the Stamp Out Hunger initiative began.

For more information visit helpstampouthunger.com or facebook.com/StampOutHunger.

Michael Kaynard May 12, 2012 at 12:41 PM
I am a supporter of the Lowcountry Food Bank. I would have loved to have participated in this event if I had known about it a bit earlier. This seems to have been very poorly advertised. You cannot expect to get a lot of support unless you tell people about it way in advance and then the day before as well as the day of the event. It seems to be a wasted opportunity. I would certainly have blogged about it if I had known. Don't be surprised if the participation is low.
Robert Kelly May 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Absolutely ditto to that comment...except I don't blog. But thanks to Patch for giving it some visibility. This is the only place I saw this advertised, and we (wife and I) were the only people in our neighborhood who put a bag of food out there! I don't think people were aware. So this is a good opportunity to say kudos to Patch for the great local neighborhood news. Everything in the world isn't really Gamecocks and Tigers. Thanks.
Hal Millard May 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Hopefully, the word came in enough time so that many (or at least some) of you were able to give. If that wasn't the case, and you still want to give food or donate some time, then I'd encourage you and others to locate your nearest food bank (via Google, phone book, etc), and help out. So as not to sound preachy and sanctimonious, I plan to do that myself in the coming week, visiting Lexington Interfaith Community Services and Harvest Hope Food Bank here in the Midlands.

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