Stamp Out Hunger aims to collect 150,000 pounds of food this weekend

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By: Geoff Lesar
glesar@flavor574.com

Lydia Sheaks/The Elkhart Truth

Postal carriers will be picking up more than parcels this weekend.

Saturday, May 9, marks the 23rd annual Stamp Out Hunger, the nation’s largest one-day food drive and, historically, the Food Bank of Northern Indiana’s most successful event.

Donations, collected by letter carriers, help restock food banks and pantries in more than 10,000 communities across the country.

Donors are encouraged to place items in durable bags near mailboxes by 8 a.m. Saturday morning. Donations can also be dropped off at any U.S. Post Office retail counter prior to the drive or in the orange collection barrels at Kroger stores and Martin’s Super Markets in St. Joseph County through May 9.

This year’s goal is 150,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, in a salute to South Bend’s 150th anniversary

The Food Bank’s most needed items include peanut butter, pasta, canned vegetables and fruit, canned chunk light tuna in water, pancake mix, syrup and  personal care items, among others.

Visit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana’s website for a complete list of items needed. 

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