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Stamp Out Hunger campaign takes place May 12

Stamp Out Hunger campaign takes place May 12

These blue plastic bags are filled with canned food for the 26th annual "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive". Within the local network, more than 26,500 pounds of food was collected previous year. They are a middle man for customers who want to donate to local food banks.

All in an effort to stock up area food banks for the summer.

This year, Wal-mart is partnering with "Stamp-Out Hunger" by providing paper bags letter carriers will leave at each mailbox prior to May 12, and which can be used for food donations.

Residents can simply place a bag or bags of nonperishable food out by their mailboxes to be picked up by their letter carriers. The result was that more than 220 union branches collecting more than 11 million pounds of food - a one-day record in the United States.

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If you missed your chance to donate today, don't worry, the post office says they will pick up donations on Monday and Tuesday as well.

"Many vulnerable families in Orange County continue to struggle to put food on the table", said Mark Lowry, director of the OC Food Bank.

"This food drive they do, what better time?" The goal is to make significant donations of food to organizations serving people in need. Food collected during Saturday's drive will be delivered to local community churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution. "We have counties that we serve that practically have food deserts in them and we're trying to get food out to everybody we can". The effort brought in 75 million pounds of food past year. 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.


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