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Opinion

May 9, 2014

Help letter carriers ‘stamp out hunger’

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

Help your letter carrier “Stamp Out Hunger” by leaving a plastic bag filled with canned food donations by your mailbox Saturday.

In Norman, donations benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s partner agencies the Salvation Army of Norman, Alameda Church of Christ, CrossPointe Church, Mission Norman, Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency in Norman, the Spero House, ACTION and Advantage Church. This effort is part of the 22nd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, which is the largest one-day food drive in America.

A few cans of food may not seem like much to you, but it can literally be the difference between a mother feeding her children or sending them to bed hungry.

Most needed items include: peanut butter, canned meats, vegetables and fruit. Your letter carrier will deliver a plastic bag to your mailbox this week. Simply leave the bag, or any plastic bag, filled with canned food by your mailbox Saturday morning and your letter carrier will do the rest.

Since 2008, the Norman Letter Carriers have collected 268,211 pounds of food to feed the hungry in our city. Last year, overall donations were down. The Norman Letter Carriers collected 37,945 pounds. Right now, we need your help to restock the shelves and help our neighbors.

The United States Postal Service fully supports the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive and is committed to assisting the letter carriers in this great endeavor.

As letter carriers, we are honored to have this opportunity to help feed our hungry Norman neighbors. All food collected during this drive is turned around and given to Norman residents who are in need

The faces of hunger are not just the poor and the homeless. The majority of those served by Norman community food banks are the working poor, seniors with fixed incomes and children.

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