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Stamp Out Hunger food drive set for May 9

It’s almost time again to Stamp Out Hunger.

The 23rd annual food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers will be held Saturday, May 9, across the United States and in Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Other partners in the drive include Feeding America and United Way.

Last year, more than 72 million pounds of food was collected by postal carriers, feeding an estimated 30 million people, according to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service in Buffalo. During the drive’s history, it has collected more than one billion pounds of food.

The food drive is timed to replenish supplies at food banks and pantries, which receive most of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Many pantries are depleted by springtime, and are low on supplies in the summer, when many school breakfast and lunch programs aren’t available to children in need.

Residents can leave a bag of non-perishable food donations by their mailboxes on May 9, and postal carriers will do the rest.