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USPS holding Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday

Posted: 2:39 PM, May 06, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-06 19:39:43Z
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OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Sponsors, volunteers and U.S. Postal Service employees will team up for the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger event this Saturday--the largest single-day food drive in the country.

Put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers each year, the event brings in millions of pounds of food that goes to families in need.

Last year's drive brought in 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities nationwide. Since the drive began in 1993, more than 1.6 billion pounds of food have been distributed to families, a press release from USPS says.

Those wanting to donate should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 11 before their USPS carrier arrives.

Days before the food drive, carriers will be delivering special bags along with your mail that can be used to make donations. Donated food will be delivered to food banks, local churches and food pantries for those in need.

Foods high in protein like canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed; however, all non-perishable food items are welcome. Other needed items include canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juices.

The following items should not be donated:
· Rusty or unlabeled cans
· Glass containers
· Perishable items
· Homemade items
· No expired items
· Noncommercial canned or packaged items
· Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda
· Open or used items

For more information, visit this website.