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A chance to 'stamp out hunger'

For the 25th year, community members have a chance to Stamp Out Hunger in their communities.

Stamp Out Hunger is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. U.S. Postal Service workers will be picking up bags of food left out by residents and will deliver them to local food shelves for sorting and distribution, such as the Two Harbors Area Food Shelf. The food drive, on May 13, is one of the largest donation days for THAFS. Last year USPS workers and volunteers collected 4,564 pounds of food for the THAFS, and more than 5,200 pounds of food the year before that.

The National Association of Letter Carriers asks residents to leave a bag of non-perishable, non-expired food by their mailbox and the bags will be delivered to the local food shelf by postal workers or volunteers helping the carriers. Among the biggest food needs are soups, pasta and pasta sauce, canned meats and vegetables, peanut butter and brown rice. Residents are also encouraged to provide health and hygiene products and even diapers.

NALC chose May as the month for the Stamp Out Hunger drive because many local food banks reserves begin to run low as the donations from the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons are used.

Arrowhead Transit allows THAFS to take over its bus garage to sort all the food and get it into storage. THAFS needs volunteers to help sort the items and to ride along with letter carriers to help them pick up the donations. To volunteer, contact THAFS director Michelle Miller at (218) 391-8191.

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