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Mail carriers help Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com

The largest one-day food drive in the country is taking place tomorrow.

On your front doorstep.

Every year for more than two decades, the National Association of Letter Carriers, which represents the thousands of carriers who deliver mail for the U.S. Postal Service, hosts Stamp Out Hunger Day, which encourages Americans to place a bag full of non-perishable food next to their mailboxes before mail delivery on Saturday. The carriers collect the food and donate it to a local food bank, such as the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, which is the Austin-area recipient.

Last year, Stamp Out Hunger brought in more than 84,000 pounds of food — some 76,000 meals — that went to Central Texans in need. Nationally, that number was more than 75 million pounds of food.

Although just about any kind of non-perishable food will be accepted, the suggested donations are canned meats, such as tuna and chili, peanut butter, canned vegetables, dried pastas, jarred pasta sauce and healthy cereals.

H-E-B provided the paper bags that showed up in mailboxes like mine this week, but if you didn’t get one, you can put the food in any sturdy paper or plastic bag.

Food donations can also be dropped off at one of three H-E-B stores on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: H-E-B South (6900 Brodie Lane), H-E-B North (10710 Research Blvd.) and H-E-B Mueller (1801 E. 51st Street)

For more on Stamp Out Hunger, go to austinfoodbank.org or facebook.com/StampOutHunger.