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Mail carriers to collect food

WARREN COUNTY - Mail carriers throughout the region will be collecting food Saturday May 8 in the national "Stamp Out Hunger" campaign conducted by the U.S. Postal Service. The food drive, which collects non-perishables for food pantries in carriers' local communities, is the largest of its type in the nation.

Local postal officials said this week their postal customers can leave food in and around their mail box for collection. A raised red flag alerts the carrier that food is present to be picked up, they said. Glass items cannot be accepted.

Donations from this year's event are expected to push the overall total since the annual drive began 18 years ago to more than 1 billion pounds nationally. In 2009, carriers collected a record 73.4 million pounds of food.

The coming months are especially trying for our neediest neighbors and for the local charities that serve them, postal officials said this week.

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