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Video previews 25th annual food drive

Food drive video

A new video offers a preview of the 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, which will be held Saturday, May 13.

The 3-minute video features Chief Operating Officer Dave Williams and Fred Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, which co-sponsors the drive with USPS.

Williams notes that almost 49 million Americans — including 13 million children — are unsure where their next meal is coming from.

“The food drive takes place right when most school breakfast and lunch programs are about to be suspended for the summer, leaving millions of children struggling for food,” Williams says.

The one-day drive allows customers to fill a bag with nonperishable food items and leave it by their mailboxes for carriers to pick up. The donations are then distributed to food banks and pantries.

Since the national drive began in 1993, 1.5 billion pounds of food have been donated, including the record 80.1 million pounds collected last year.

“Letter carriers deliver to every address in America, and because we’re such a consistent and familiar presence in neighborhoods, we’re all too familiar with the unfortunate reality of ongoing hunger,” Rolando says.

The Stamp Out Hunger site has more information.

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