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by | May 12, 2016 5:00 pm

Last Updated: May 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm

With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and postal workers everywhere, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 24th annual nationwide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 14. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
Last year’s drive collected 14,000 pounds of food in Colleton County and approximately 71 million pounds nation-wide. It was the 12th consecutive year that letter carriers have collected more than 70 million pounds of food, which brought the drive’s grand total to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected. In South Carolina last year, collections of more than 490,289 pounds of donations were reported by Harvest Hope and Lowcountry Food Banks.
“We would like to thank the residents of Colleton County in advance for their efforts to ensure this year’s food drive is as successful as ever,” said Walterboro Postmaster Doug Mixson. “This is an opportunity to give back to the community and fight hunger where we live. Your donations directly impact our community as they go to multiple food banks in Colleton County. The letter carrier food drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation and it depends on our support for success.”
Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday May 14 before their letter carrier arrives.  In the days leading up to the Food Drive, letter carriers will be delivering notification post cards and special bags along with the mail that may be used to make donations. Food collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution.
While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed.  Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.

Most needed foods include:
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).
Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese).
Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils).
Pasta, rice cereal.
Canned fruits.
100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).
Canned vegetables.
Cooking oil.
Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads).

Rusty or unlabeled cans.
Glass containers.
Perishable items.
Homemade items.
Expired items.
Noncommercial canned or packaged items.
Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda.
Open or used items.

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