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Mail Carriers Seek to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ on May 9th

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

More than 175,000 mail carriers across the nation will lead the Postal Service's effort to “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting food donations throughout Hawaii and in cities and towns across the country on Saturday, May 9 in the 23rd annual National Association of Letter Carriers' Food Drive.

The drive is the nation's largest one-day effort to combat hunger and is held to support the mission of community food banks such as the Hawaii Foodbank. Last year, about 1,000 of Hawaii's mail carriers collected more than 538,000 pounds of food items, led by the 48,799 pounds collected by the Pearl City Post Office. Nationwide, almost 73 million pounds of food were collected last year; more than 1.3 billion pounds of food has been collected during the campaign's first 22 years.

Residents are urged to place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox for pickup on May 9 before their usual mail pickup time. The mail carriers will then transport the donations back to their Post Offices where postal employees and their families will sort the food and deliver it to their nearest community food banks. Post Offices without residential delivery will be collecting items during the week leading up to May 9.

Post cards and plastic food donation bags promoting the food drive will be delivered by carriers a few days before the drive to homes across Hawaii as a reminder to participate in the drive. In addition, food drive reminder fliers will be distributed to students at more than 400 public, private and charter schools across the state.

The Hawaii Foodbank, through its network of island food banks and their local food pantries and meal programs, provides food assistance to more than 123,000 households statewide. Approximately 287,000 Hawaii residents, including 47,894 keiki and more than 46,000 kupuna, receive such assistance.

“The NALC Food Drive is a big help because it always results in a lot of canned protein items, which are our ‘Most Wanted' items.” said Mike Kajiwara, Hawaii Foodbank Director of Product Donations. Kajiwara listed the following as the most desired food donations: Canned meats or tuna, canned meals such as chili, stew or spaghetti, canned soups, and canned fruits and vegetables.

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