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Help stamp out hunger

To the Editor:

Today, nearly 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, are struggling with hunger.

These often are hardworking adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days.

Fortunately, the U.S. Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers once again will join forces when they conduct the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

On Saturday, the nation’s more than 200,000 letter carriers will collect food donations in more than 10,000 communities, large and small, and deliver them to local food banks and other hunger relief organizations.

This is the 21st anniversary of the nation’s largest single-day food drive, having collected more than 1 billion pounds of food since its inception in 1993. In 2012, generous Americans donated more than 70 million pounds of food, which marked the ninth consecutive year that at least 70 million pounds were collected.

Participating in the food drive is easy. Just leave a bag of nonperishable food items, such as canned soup, vegetables, fruits, juices, boxed goods, pasta and rice, where the letter carrier normally delivers your mail. The food will then be picked up and delivered to the local food bank.

To learn more about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit www.helpstampouthunger.com.

Steve Hall

Postmaster, Wonder Lake

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