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Mail Carriers Work to "Stamp Out" Hunger

By Rob Sussman, WJBD News

Mail Carriers in both Salem and Centralia will be making an effort to "Stamp Out" hunger when they hit the streets for delivery this Saturday.

The annual National Association of Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive will take place this weekend, and your local mail carrier will be accepting non-perishable food donations along with regular mail pickup during their routes on Saturday.

Salem Post Office Supervisor Michelle Heinzmann says that any and all donations will be taken straight to a local food pantry. "All of the food goes to local food pantries, ours in particular will go to the Salem Ministerial Alliance. last year, we gathered nearly 2,800 pounds of food" said Heinzmann.

The Centralia Post Office will deliver their food to the Salvation Army and the CCBA Food Pantry.  

The Postal Service has been putting on the food drive for 21 years and has collected well over a billion pounds of food during that time.  The drive comes at a pressing time for food pantries, who receive the bulk of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, but struggle during other times of the year.

Currently, nearly 1 in 6 Americans are unsure where their next meal is coming from. 

To participate in the program leave a bag of non-perishable food in a bag next to your mailbox on Saturday, May 10th. Your letter carrier will do the rest. Alternatively, food can be dropped off at Post Office locations in Salem and Centralia. 

If you are are rural mail customer, call your local post office to find out whether or not they are participating.

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