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Missourians Can "Stamp Out Hunger" This Saturday

PHOTO: Canned soups, meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice, and cereal are among the items letter carriers will collect during Saturday's Stamp Out Hunger event, the nation's largest one-day food drive. Photo courtesy Pam Donato.
PHOTO: Canned soups, meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice, and cereal are among the items letter carriers will collect during Saturday's Stamp Out Hunger event, the nation's largest one-day food drive. Photo courtesy Pam Donato.
May 9, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Just leave the food by the mailbox and letter carriers will do the rest.

The 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive takes place Saturday, giving Missourians an easy way to help feed those in need.

Pam Donato, community and membership outreach coordinator with the National Association of Letter Carriers, says all the donations will stay in the communities from which they are collected.

"We're going to be taking that food back to the local post office and then, distributing it to the local food pantries in that neighborhood and community," she explains.

Donato says nonperishable food items should be placed in a bag and left by the mailbox.

Last year, the U.S. Postal Service picked up more than 74 million pounds of food nationwide.

Donato says the idea for the drive originally came from letter carriers, who saw the impact of hunger first hand as they delivered mail on their routes.

"At the same time they would deliver to areas that needed food, they likely would deliver mail to people and patrons who seemed to have enough – and in some cases, we felt like they might have had enough to share with others," she explains.

An estimated 18 percent of Missourians are food insecure, meaning that they do not have consistent access to sufficient amounts of nutritious food, according to the Missouri Hunger Atlas.


Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO