Stamp Out Hunger food drive kicks off this weekend

EASTERN CAROLINA - Local letter carriers are gearing up for Stamp Out Hunger, the largest single-day food drive in the country.

Eastern Carolina residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable food next to their mailboxes on Saturday, May 11, prior to the time of regular mail delivery. The food should be in a sturdy bag, and can include canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice and cereal, organizers said.

Letter carriers will collect the food donations as they deliver the mail. Volunteers will also be helping out.

New Bern food donations will be taken to the Religious Community Services (RCS) soup kitchen and pantry. Havelock donations will go to Havelock-Cherry Point Ministerial Outreach. Donations in other cities will be going to their respective collection sites.

Stamp Out Hunger collected more than 70 million pounds of food in 2012, organizers said. It is now in its 21st year.

In addition to the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup Company, Feeding America, AARP, Valpak, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, the AFL-CIO, United Way and Uncle Bob's Self Storage are supporting this year's drive.

Those with questions about Stamp Out Hunger should contact Pam Donato, NALC's director of community services, at 202-662-2489 or at

More information can also be found at the Stamp Out Hunger website.

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