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AARP Teams with Postal Workers to “Stamp Out Hunger”

May 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS - For 20 years, United States postal workers have been collecting food donations to help in their "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.

June Lyle, state director of AARP Indiana, says there's great concern for seniors who don't have access to enough food.

"Nationwide, there are nearly 9 million adults who are age 50 and over who are hunger insecure, so that they just may not know where their next meal is coming from. In Indiana, we know that it's about 6 percent of older adults."

Lyle says people can donate by leaving bags of non-perishable items at their mailboxes before the carriers come on Saturday, May 12. What's needed most? Donations of canned goods and packaged staples. No glass containers or anything past expiration. The postal workers then turn all the donations over to food banks.

Lyle says this is the largest annual food drive in the country.

"Last year they collected over 70 million pounds of food nationwide, so it really is a sizable effort."

She says the National Association of Letter Carriers is encouraging people to donate specific food items.

"What they have asked for is canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice."

The organization "Feeding America" indicates some of their larger food banks are reporting declines in food inventories of as much as 35 percent from last year.

Leigh DeNoon, Public News Service - IN