Postal service holding food drive on Saturday

    The United States Postal Service (USPS), in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers, will be participating in the 27th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food drive on Saturday, May 11. Those interested in donating can fill bags with non-perishable foods and leave them near their mailbox, and letter carriers will pick them up during normal mail delivery times.


    Stamp Out Hunger provides a way to collect food items that are then given to local food pantries in the area. More than 10,000 cities across the United States will participate in this year’s event. Residents in the area should have received a special Stamp Out Hunger bag, which they can fill up and use for the drive, but other plastic bags may be used as well.
    Non-perishable items that will be collected will include items such as cereal, pasta, pasta sauces, spaghetti, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats such as soups or chili, juices, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, and canned meats, such as tuna, chicken, or turkey. The USPS requests no frozen or homemade items, nor home canned goods, be given.
    While primarily designated as a food drive, those wanting to donate personal items can do so and they will also be delivered to a local pantry. These items include things such as soaps, toilet paper, detergent, and other home use products.
    The National Association of Letter Carriers is a non-profit organization and, as such, all donations given are tax deductible. Those who are interested in receiving tax deduction information can contact the St. James Post Office at 573-265-7664 to learn more. If a bag is not collected from a residence, or the donor missed the mail carrier, contact the post office and arrangements can be made to collect the donation at another time. For more information about Stamp Out Hunger, visit www.nalc.org to learn more.

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