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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive to be May 10

  • Starting this weekend, area residents will start receiving bags and postcards for the 21st annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
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  • Starting this weekend, area residents will start receiving bags and postcards for the 21st annual  “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
    The bags and postcards will be delivered to all postal customers by Tuesday at the latest, said Rolla Postmaster Jim Woodman.
    As in years past, the non-perishable food collected will stay local and be donated to local agencies, including churches, that have food banks.
    “It’s an awesome thing,” Woodman said. “Everybody joins in.”
    Last year, the Rolla Post Office collected just over two tons in Rolla alone, Woodman said.
    All donations can be left near the mailbox, and postal carriers will collect them Saturday, May 10.
    People also can bring non-perishable food and drop them off at containers at the Rolla Post Office May 10. While the post office normally closes at 12:30 p.m., Woodman said Post Office employees will be at the office until 6 p.m. that day.
    The Rolla Post Office is working with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri, which is also asking St. James residents to participate in the food drive.
    Donations will also be taken at the St. James Post Office the same day.
    All food collected in St. James will be sent to The Caring Center.
    "The money raised always stays local,” said Michelle Bayer, southern regional coordinator for The Food Bank. "The Food Bank is able to provide 12 meals for a donated dollar (15 pounds of food).”
    Bayer said The Food Bank provides food for local pantries and Buddy Pack programs at no cost.
    "This is incredibly exciting for us and our largest food drive of the year," Bayer said. "Last year we collected (more than) 50,000 pounds of food to help out the local pantries. It was incredible. And I hope to do it again this year."
    Woodman said since the annual food drive began, more than 1 billion pounds of food have been collected.
    According to statistics given to Woodman, an estimated 49 million Americans are in a situation where they don’t know when or where their next meal will come from and 16 million of those are children.
    Last year, nationwide, a total of 74 million pounds were collected in the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive that fed an estimated 30 million people.

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