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US Postal Service prepares to "Stamp Out Hunger" Saturday

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

For the 21st year, the U.S. Postal Service will partner with the National Association of Letter Carriers to support Feeding America for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday.

"We will deliver a sack or a bag to each customer, the customer can locate the sack in their mailbox. They can fill the sack with nonperishable food items, place it at your mailbox and the carrier will pick up the sacks," explains Auburn Postmaster John Johnson.

After accumulating all donations, carriers will deliver it to the East Alabama Food Bank.

"I find that a lot of times people say I really do want to help the food bank and I really want to help hungry people, they just really aren't sure how to do that," says Martha Henk, Director of the East Alabama Food Bank. "Well, this is one of those very concrete kinds of ways where it's really as simple as putting some food in a bag and then the letter carriers will take it from you."

This is the Food Bank's second largest drive of the year, collecting nearly 33,000 pounds of food in 2012.

Their hope is to surpass that number and to be able to supply their 190 agencies in the area.

"We are having to rely on the local community in a way we haven't had to do before and so those individual food donations when they're added together makes a tremendous difference," explains Henk.

Over 60 percent of Alabama's children rely on free or reduced meals at school. With the help of your donations the Food Bank wants to make sure they have enough food to provide families throughout the summer season.

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