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May 9, 2014

Letter Carriers Food Drive set for Saturday

ALBANY — Saturday, May 10, is the date for the 22nd-annual National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

It is held in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup, Feeding America and other partners.

In 2013, 74 million pounds of food were collected by postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people.

Over the course of the 21-year history, the Food Drive has collected well over 1 billion pounds of food.

Food collected in a community stays in that community, a press release said.

Postal Service patrons are invited to leave items out for collection when the mail is delivered. Most-wanted 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; fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed) canned vegetables; cooking oil; boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads). 

These items will not be accepted: rusty or unlabeled cans; glass containers; perishable items; homemade items; noncommercial canned or packaged items; alcoholic beverages or mixes; or soda.

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