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Postal service will ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ on Saturday

This weekend, helping the hungry will be as easy as mailing a letter.

On Saturday, local letter carriers will join the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger effort by collecting food for the Food Bank of Delaware.

Residents are encouraged to simply leave a bag containing non-perishable foods next to their mailbox before the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Food items should be in non-breakable containers, such as boxes and cans.

Now in its 27th year, the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger effort is the largest single-day food drive in the nation. Last year, letter carriers in Delaware collected more than 119,000 pounds of food.

“The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is our most important single-day food drive,” Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Patricia Beebe said in a prepared statement. “Ensuring that our partner agencies shelves are stocked is a priority year round, but especially during the spring months when donations are traditionally down. We are thankful for the National Association of Letter Carriers and their commitment to this long-standing day of service.”

The Food Bank of Delaware’s most needed food items include tuna fish, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, cereal, pasta, macaroni and cheese, canned soup and canned meats.

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