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Residents are invited to join Marion-Polk Food Share and local letter carriers on May 14 in the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country. All donated food stays in the community where it was collected.


Anyone can take part. Simply collect nonperishable food items and leave them in a bag near the mailbox on May 14. A letter carrier or volunteer will pick up the donation and ensure it gets to your local food pantry. Last year, more than 95,000 pounds of food were collected in Marion and Polk counties.

“Stamp Out Hunger is one of the most important food drives of the year,” said Rick Gaupo, president of the food share. “Hunger is an issue all year long, but food donations usually decline during the summer. The food that’s collected on this one day will help feed families in need when they need it most.”

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks nationwide. Along with the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, the National Association of Letter Carriers has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food nationally since the drive’s inception.

Donations not picked up by letter carriers can be dropped off at any post office by Wednesday, May 18.

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