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Local mail carriers lend a helping hand for Stamp Out Hunger food drive

Volunteers collected thousands of food items to help families in need.
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Published: May. 9, 2022 at 9:04 AM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - If you want an opportunity to stamp out hunger, seek out a letter carrier.

Each year on the second Saturday in May, mail carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from their customers. The ones collected locally go directly to Rockford food pantries.

Within its 29-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger drive has collected nearly two billion pounds of food, and this year, the need for food donations is as great as ever.

More than 42 million Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from.

Kelli Ramos with the National Association of Letter Carriers spoke on the magnitude of how much food they receive from generous donors.

“We usually fill a semi with skids of food every year we’ve done it. Because of the pandemic, we have not had a food drive in the past three years. So, we finally got the ok to do it again. So we’re excited, and the pantry’s excited to get some food from us so we can get back and start helping the community again.”

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