Saturday Marks the 26th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

This Saturday May 12th will mark the 26th anniversary of one of America's great days of giving.

The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

On Saturday, mail carriers around the country will collect non-perishable food donation from customers. Local donations will go directly to area food pantries to provide food to people in Chillicothe and Ross County who need help.

The timing of this food drive is crucial as food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Participation in this year's Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday and your mailman will do the rest.

Last year's drive collected over 75 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Over the course of its 25 year history, the drive has collected approximately 1.6 billion pounds of food.

The need for food donations is great as there are currently one in every six Americans are considered food insecure. 

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