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Nationwide effort keeps food in the communities where it was collected, including Wilsonville

May 10 marks the single largest one-day food drive in America each year. The National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected more than 1.1 million pounds of food last year in Oregon alone, and organizers are looking to surpass that mark in 2014, including in Wilsonville.

This year’s goal is 1.5 million pounds of food, all of which will go to the Oregon Food Bank Network, serving people in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.

“Our communities are still recovering from the Great Recession," said Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan. "Many people need food assistance so they can continue to cover expenses like housing and medical care."

All donated food will stay in the community where it is collected. This is important, said Portland Postmaster Shawneen Betha.

“Letter carriers see people in need every day and want to make a difference,” Betha said. “I’m amazed every year by the overwhelming response from letter carriers. They truly believe that no one should be hungry.”

All donated food will stay in the community where it was collected.

If you miss your letter carrier’s visit on May 10, please drop off your food donations at any post office by Wednesday, May 14.

To participate:

1. Look for a yellow plastic food drive bag in your mail during the first week of May.

2. Fill the bag (or any sturdy bag) with nutritious, nonperishable food. No glass containers. Oregon Food Bank will recycle your bag.

3. Place it by your mailbox early on Saturday, May 10.

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