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Iowa's thousands of letter carriers will be doing more than delivering the mail this weekend.

Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 13, and the Postal carrier will do the rest.

Items that are good to donate include canned meats, fish, soup, bottled juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal and rice that do not require refrigeration.

For the past decade, this drive has collected more than 70 million pounds of food each year. "Our goal in Hawai'i is to top last year's totals, but we'll be happy to collect any amount of food. All of the food that we collect stays here locally in the community", said Yakima mail carrier Marcy Sturgeon.

Mortinger said they are in need of any non-perishable food items and said "our shelves are pretty bare".

You should have gotten a bag like this in the mail this week.

Food collected by the letter carriers will be donated to the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges (IFPO).

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Usually, they take donations in person, at either of their Midland or Odessa facilities.

This year's Stamp Out Hunger day is on Saturday, May 13. The crew at Ridgefield's post office is hoping to improve upon last year's results - which were a little disappointing.

"Today, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the United States' largest single-day food drive". Almost 20 percent of children nationwide are lacking access to food.

Johnson says everyone in the community participates in the drive, no matter what income bracket they are in.

The 25th anniversary of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is a partnership with the carriers.

"We're just happy to be a part of it and furnish the bags to help support Second Harvest", said R.T. Turner, KCP&L community affairs manager. Local letters will ensure that the food is picked up and delivered to Island Harvest Food Bank.


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