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5/9/2013 10:44:00 AM
'Stamp out hunger' Saturday
Robinson and Palestine letter carriers will help "Stamp Out Hunger" Saturday when the annual food drive celebrates its 21st year.

On that day, letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from homes as they deliver mail along their routes.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive - held in conjunction with the Postal Service - is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. This joint effort will help feed families in all 50 states.

Last year, more than 70 million pounds of food were collected across the country. More than 1 billion pounds of food collected since the drive began in 1992.

Closer to home, letter carriers in Robinson and Palestine are getting ready for this year's event and hoping to exceed last year's total of pounds of food collected.

"We're incredibly excited for the 21st year of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive," said Robinson Postmaster Roger Martin.

"We're asking residents for their support to make this year the most successful in the drive's history," he added. "It's so easy to make a donation: simply leave a bag of non-perishable food by your mailbox to help neighbors in need. That's all it takes."

To participate, people are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery Saturday. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to the local food banks.

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