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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Set For Saturday

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For the past 21 years, the United States Postal Service has been the driving force behind the world's largest single day food drive.  In total the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.2 billion pounds of food, explains Harry Spratlin of the U.S. Postal Service.

Anderson Interfaith Ministries is just one of the food pantries that benefits from Stamp Out Hunger.

"By the time I pay my bills, I don't have money left for groceries," says J. D. Sealey.

Sealey is just one of the 800 to 900 families that AIM helps each month. The organization is always looking for help during the summer months when kids are out of schools and holiday donations begin to dwindle says executive director Kristi King-Brock.

"Need goes up, giving goes down, so Stamp Out Hunger really feels a huge for us," King-Brock says.

This year's food drive is set for Saturday.  Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food while they deliver mail.

Carriers will gather the in donations in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday.

Sealey never though he'd need to visit a food pantry. He worked as a brick layer and began losing work in 2008, then his health began to decline. Now because of weekly required dialysis he can't work.

"I never dreamed I'd have to do this, it got so bad that I didn't have a choice," Sealy says.

But at the same time, Sealey still gives back.

"Whenever we can afford, we bring stuff in," Sealey says.

That's what the U. S. Office is hoping for, just a few cans from each house.

"People don't mind giving if they're reminded that the needs are there and that the opportunity is there," King-Brock says.

All the food collected stay in local shelters and pantries.

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