Stamp Out Hunger food drive posts 79000 lbs. in donations

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One of the biggest food drives outside of Rotary Lights is happening this weekend.

It was the annual stamp out hunger food drive, where mail carriers collect food along their postal routes. Organizers say food items collected in the Quad Cities will be given to River Bend Food Bank. They are a middle man for customers who want to donate to local food banks. They'll then be distributed to food banks across the state, getting them through the next month or so.

To help "Stamp Out Hunger", Oklahomans are encouraged to fill the plastic donation bag they receive in their mailbox this week, or any plastic bag, with canned food donations and place it by their mailbox on Saturday, May 12.

Postal carrier Jeff Rutigliano says previous year in Watertown, they collected 50,000 pounds of food.

"And today is the date that they are to set them out at their mailbox and we'll pick them up", city letter carrier Curtis Lewis said.

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Letter carriers walk through eastern Idaho cities every day, often coming face to face with the hard realities in our communities. The effort brought in 75 million pounds of food a year ago.

On Saturday, postal workers across the county will be picking up donations of food for those in need. Donations in non-breakable containers, of non-perishable, unopened and unexpired food items placed in bags by your mail receptacle will be very much appreciated.

"We're asking the patrons in the 29706 zip code to participate by donating any non-perishable goods they can spare", said Chester Postmaster Elton Curtis.

"Usually we are getting between 40,000 and 60,000 pounds of food", said Raymond.

Making a donation is easy. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.

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