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A “Special Delivery” for NC Hunger Relief

May 6, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A reminder for the trip to the mailbox Saturday: Have a food donation in hand. Letter carriers across North Carolina are collecting non-perishable food items for their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.

Ken Roberts, vice president of Branch 176, National Association of Letter Carriers, says shopping bags will be distributed in advance of the drive, and every donation counts.

"The food banks tell us that just two bags of food could feed a family for four for several days. The food banks actually adjust the food to try and make a complete meal out of what they gather."

Suggested donations are canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, cereal and rice.

The "Stamp Out Hunger" idea originated out West - in Arizona. Roberts was one of the letter carriers whose efforts more than 20 years ago led to what has become today's national food drive.

"They'd use their own vehicles and collect the food on Sundays. In the '80s, local management of United States Postal Service thought it might be a good idea to let us do it on a work day and use USPS vehicles."

Almost a million and a half people rely on North Carolina food bank help each year.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - NC