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Post Offices asks communities to Stamp Out Hunger

Post Offices asks communities to Stamp Out Hunger”

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley is getting ready for the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

"It couldn't be easier - we simply ask people to bag healthy nonperishable food and place it by their mailbox, which our carriers will then pick up as they make the rounds on their daily route", Sixkiller said.

Laurie Chavez, Community Food Project Manager said, "The need is so big in the Rio Grande Valley, that of course we want to surpass our poundage from past year". "They truly care and understand that many hardworking people still struggle with the high cost of living here in Morris County and may be one illness or vehicle breakdown away from needing food assistance".

"If you've seen one hungry child, you've seen one too many", said Steve Riggs, statewide chair of the Letter Carriers' Food Drive. That generosity is shown every day and is spotlighted when you hear about the donations that are made to several different agencies and groups throughout town.

That old saying comes to mind, "Need doesn't have a season" and it is true, people struggle during every season of the year, not just the holiday season. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they live at risk of hunger.

On May 12, as they deliver mail, the nation's 175,000 letter carriers will collect the donations that residents have left near their mail boxes.

Leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag near the mailbox, and the letter carrier or a volunteer will make sure it gets delivered to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank for distribution in the community.

"All the food that's collected locally stays locally".



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