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Postal carriers to collect

PORT HENRY - The nation's largest annual one-day food drive to "Stamp Out Hunger" will be conducted Saturday, May 8.

Assisting in the food collection are rural letter carriers and other postal employees, as well as members of other unions and civic volunteers.

On that day, postal customers are asked to leave food items at, or next to, their mailboxes. Donations are returned to pantries in communities where they are collected. Glass items cannot be accepted.

Regional food drive coordinators note that the carrier collections restock pantry shelves can be the single largest food donation that smaller community pantries receive each year.

"With the commitment and dedication of thousands of letter carriers, rural letter carriers, and postal and community volunteers, plus the involvement of our corporate partners, we will make a difference in helping to feed America's hungry," said Postmaster General Jack Potter. "The generosity of our customers and the determination of our employees have never been stronger."

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. In 2009, carriers collected a record 73.4 million pounds of food.

More than 125 million postcards, donated by Campbell's, will be mailed to customers in the days before the food drive.

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