Stamp Out Hunger collects 120,000 lbs. + of food

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RENO, NV (KOLO) -- The National Association of Letter Carriers hosted the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday, May 11, 2019. Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country.

The event helps to support members of the community who are struggling with hunger, and local food banks. Residents were asked to leave non-perishable, non-expired food items in a bag near their mailboxes Saturday, May 11, 2019. A letter carrier then collected the donations and delivered them to local food banks and pantries, including the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Boys & Girls Club of Mason Valley in Yerington, Project Mana in Truckee and Incline Village, FISH in Carson City and Dayton, Carson Valley Community Food Closet, and the Out of Egypt Food Pantry in Fallon. Items were then distributed to those facing hunger.

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada reported that it has received 120,424 pounds of food so far for the Washoe County area alone.

“We absolutely love the Stamp Out Hunger food drive," Al Brislain, president and CEO, Food Bank of Northern Nevada said, "It allows every community across the country to collectively come together on one day to do their part to fight hunger. We are so grateful to community members who donate non-perishable items and for the letter carriers who take the time to collect each bag to help fight hunger in northern Nevada.”

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive was created in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers to encourage communities to come together in an effort to stock the shelves of food banks and pantries nationwide.

The event is held on the second Saturday of May each year.

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