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May 9, 2014

Stamp Out Hunger Saturday

GREENVILLE — Once each year, letter carriers collect items from mailboxes and front porches across Hunt County and the United States, in an effort to help assist the hungry in our community.

The 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Food Drive to “Stamp Out Hunger”, the largest one-day food drive in the United States, is Saturday and employees of the Greenville Post Office will participate in the event.

In 2013 the office collected more than 24,000 pounds to be donated to Hunt County Shared Ministries (FISH) and the Salvation Army.

Last year letter carriers across America collected more than 74.4 million pounds of non-perishable food — the second-highest amount since the drive began in 1992, bringing the grand total to just under 1.3 billion pounds.

The local drive brought in a couple thousand pounds during its first year, but has collected more than 275,000 pounds of food in the past two decades.

On Saturday carriers in Greenville will collect from the mailboxes and door steps of local homes, with many area churches also planning to take part. Drop boxes are available at each of the local Post Office locations.

Monetary donations to the NALC National Food Drive will also be accepted.

The drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May in over 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

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