The largest one-day food drive in the nation is quickly approaching and organizers are hoping to see an increase in donations despite a change in the process. The 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Food Drive will take place Saturday May 10 with all proceeds going to benefit local food pantries across the nation.
Last year the event provided more than 731-thousand pounds of food to food shelters across the St. Louis metro region, and National Association Branch 309 President, Joe Mercurio says the donations they bring in during this drive are extremely important.
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Mercurio says the change in the process is that the carriers will not be providing bags as they have in years past, so it is up to those who are donating to provide a bag to hold their donations. He says they are looking for any canned goods next Saturday but are in need of items like soups, peanut butter and any nonperishable that can be considered a complete meal. To find out more you can contact the United Way by calling 258-9800.
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