Central Texans "stamp out hunger" with food donations

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Local agencies got together this weekend to stamp out hunger.

Saturday, the 26th Annual Letter Carriers' Food Drive will benefit a number of area organizations including the Hunger Task Force, WAFER Food Pantry, New Horizons Shelter and Outreach Center. The food bank feeds over 200,000 people a year and they say the food from Stamp Out Hunger is necessary to continue their work, especially at this point in the year.

The food is then given to local food programs in Brown County. In keeping with good food-handling and food-safety procedures, food that is opened, damaged, out of code or does not have the official ingredients included will be discarded by the food bank in the sorting process.

The drive gathered more than 1 million pounds of food in the area previous year, enough for 830,000 meals, Burrell said.

"They know that food is going to stay within the community and really help out their neighbors", she said.

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Kevin Massey, a letter carrier for USPS, and his family took on his route for collecting food.

According to Schenkelberg, Green Bay's east side is expected to collect 56,000 pounds of food, and the west side food drive is expected to collect at least 60,000 pounds of food.

Saturday is the day to leave non-perishable food items at your mailbox.

Our community has shown many times that it is willing to help out when necessary. The food goes directly to local food pantries. "We collect tons and tons of food every year". Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items. Those making donations are asked to avoid placing items in glass containers.