The National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service will be conducting its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive this Saturday, and doing your part to fight hunger in El Paso couldn’t be much easier.

Simply fill the food drive bag that was placed in your mailbox last week, or any sturdy bag or box, with non-perishable food items and place it by your mailbox before regular delivery time this Saturday, May 14. Your letter carrier will do the rest.

Collected food goes to the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank, which combats the high rates of hunger, poor nutrition, and related health problems of children and adults in El Paso, Hudspeth and Culberson counties.

Food especially needed by our food bank include canned vegetables and fruits, packaged cereals, pastas, peanut butter, and packaged staples such as rice and beans.

This time of the year, food supplies are typically lower so your help is crucial. As schools let out for the summer, the need for additional food is greater since many kids don't have access to free or reduced breakfast and lunch programs.

Stamp Out Hunger is the largest, single-day food drive in the nation. Locally, the efforts are led by the United Way of El Paso County and the National Association of Letter Carriers branch 505.

I'll be doing my part. I hope you can too.

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