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Food drive planned for Saturday

The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding its Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive across the U.S. Saturday. People may donate non-perishable food items to the drive by leaving the items in a bag by their mailboxes. Postal         carriers will pick them up on their regular routes Saturday.

Letter carriers and other U.S. Postal Service employees and volunteers from throughout North Dakota will      participate in America’s largest single day of  giving Saturday during the drive, held in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup, Feeding America and other partners.

In 2013, 74 million pounds of food was     collected by postal       carriers, feeding an      estimated 30 million people. Over the course of its 21-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food.

The food drive’s timing is crucial, the Postal Service said. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.