Postal carriers are stamping out hunger

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) —  When residents put out their mail Saturday morning, they also should put out a canned good or two.

Saturday is the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which is taking place across the entire country. Residents can put canned goods or other non-perishable food by their mailbox in a bag and the letter carriers will take care of the rest.

The donations eventually will make their way to area food pantries and churches to help fight hunger. The goal is to collect more than 160,000 pounds of food.

“It’s a wonderful day because this time of year it’s after Thanksgiving and Christmas and a lot of the food pantries’ supplies are diminished and this helps them replenish their supplies,” said Ron Ruchtie, local food drive coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service.

Over the past 21 years, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over 1 billion pounds of food.

The Youngstown Area Food Drive supports Gleaners Food Bank, St. Vincent DePaul, Salvation Army and Second Harvest Food Bank.

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