Stamp Out Hunger for the Community Action Coalition

Mail carriers to collect food donations Saturday

Mail carriers to collect food donations Saturday

As letter carriers, Richard Hatzenbuhler says they see the need to fill hungry bellies almost every day while on the job. Patrons can fill the bags with non-perishable food items that will be collected and shared with the local churches and food banks. Monetary donations can also be made online at feedinghope.org or by calling 405-600-3136.

The Altoona area's NALC Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday was another success.

Near said past year they collected more than 45,000 pounds of food. 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. With the economic struggles many Americans face, this food drive is as critical as ever.

Last year, postal workers gathered more than 90,000 pounds of food for the Westmoreland County Food Bank. "We've always done a food drive in November with the Kiwanis Clubs helping us", said Robin Maness of the Valley Post Office.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a nationwide event but donations collected in Albuquerque benefit the Roadrunner Food Bank.

The food drive's timing is crucial.

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"We still have 42 million Americans, 1 in 6, who now don't know where they are getting their next meal".

"A lot of families have children who are out of school who don't have access to the free lunch programs at school", he said.

Now is the flawless time to help them stock up.

Frozen foods, homemade foods or home-canned food items should not be donated.

"Vegetables, fruits in light syrup, proteins like chicken and tuna, those are all great things to donate", she said. So, for us to just pick up the food you know, it's simple and it feels really good to be a part of it.

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