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Postal Service Asking for Donations Saturday to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’

May 13, 2017

Area residents will have an opportunity to help others in the U.S. Postal Services nationwide ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ campaign.

Post office carriers in Salem, Centralia, Sandoval, Odin, Alma, Kell, and Iuka are all participating this year.

Those who want to participate are encouraged to leave donated items in plastic bags that can be hung on the mailboxes on Saturday. Some carriers distributed plastic bags for your use.

Residents are encouraged to donate items such as canned soup or vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice or cereal.

Food collected in Centralia will be divided evenly between the Salvation Army and the Centralia Community Benevolent Association. The Centralia Post Office also has rural routes that serve the community of Sandoval as well. Food items collected in Sandoval will be provided to the Sandoval Methodist Church. Food collected in the Salem area will go to the Salem Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry.

The “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is held annually the second Saturday in May.

According to the US Postal Service, it is the country’s largest single-day food drive. In 2016, Americans donated 80.1 million pounds of food, bringing the grand total to 1.5 billion pounds of food collected since the initiative began in 1993.

Last year’s drive was very successful in Centralia as carriers collected 9,210 pounds of food items. This is the 25th year of the Food Drive and the carriers of the Centralia office have participated all 25 years. Postmaster David Ball is proud of the effort put forth by the carriers at the Centralia Post Office for such a worthy cause.

Salem collected 1,133 pounds of food last year.

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