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Stamp Out Hunger 2011 wants YOU

On May 14, put something in the blue bag. Even a can of soup can make a difference.

By Donna_Freedman May 13, 2011 10:03AM
Hunger is increasing in the United States. On Saturday you have a chance to help do something about it.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Food Drive takes place on May 14. You probably got a blue plastic bag in your mailbox this week. But even if you didn't, you can still help.

Use your own bag if you have to, and put in it whatever you can spare of the following items:
  • Pasta.
  • Boxed goods (e.g., cereal or mac 'n' cheese). 
  • Canned soup or stews.
  • Canned fruit, juice, vegetables, fish or meat.
Leave these items out where the mail is delivered and postal workers will pick them up. In 2010 donations added up to some 77.1 million pounds of grub for food banks and other organizations that feed the hungry.
"Food insecurity" -- a lack of regular access to adequate nutrition -- affects 50 million people in this country. Of those, more than 17 million are children.

If you don't want to put out food, please consider making a donation to your regional food bank or to Feeding America, a national hunger relief organization. These groups can stretch even $5 a long, long way. Feeding America's website notes that a single dollar can provide the makings for seven meals.
Where else can your buck make as big an impact?

If you're living on the edge yourself, search for food pantries in your area. When times are better, you can give back.

And if you can afford to give right now? Please do.

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