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Letter carrier food drive coming up

U.S. letter carriers have collected more than 1 billion pounds of food on their annual food drives, and the next drive will take place May 14.

This will be the 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Last year, more than 71 million pounds of food was collected by postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people.

The food drive comes at a time when the shelves at many food pantries are depleted, putting them in jeopardy of entering the summer low on supplies.

To participate, leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on May 14, and it will be picked up by your letter carrier.

The National Association of Letter Carriers food drive is held in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, Valpak, United Way, AFL-CIO, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and others. Food is collected in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.