Have extra non-perishable food? Here's how to Stamp Out Hunger

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If rain occurs on Saturday, she recommended those donating to place the food in plastic bags.

The "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" illustrates a community truly taking care of its own, Pam Donato, director of Community Services for the NALC, told the AFRO.

"Preparation and coordination for Food Drive Day can be challenging", NALC President Fredric Rolando said.

BUCM is asking for volunteers to come to the Morganton post office on Saturday from 12:30-5 p.m.to help with the drive.

Joining the National Association of Letter Carriers in this commendable endeavor are the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letters Carriers' Association, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, AARP Foundation, Valpak, Valassis and our local pantries.

More than 1.5 billion pounds of food has been collected over the last 24 years of the food drives.

Local post offices participating include Aurora, North Aurora, South Elgin, Elgin, West Dundee, East Dundee and Carpentersville.

All locally collected food will stay local and be donated to the emergency food pantry located at the Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. Frozen food or home canned items can not be accepted, the site stated.

Hoback said canned foods are a favorite among the partner agencies, pointing out that canned soups, fruits, meats and recently, baked beans, are the "hot items".

In 2015, the drive collected approximately 14,000 pounds of food. Those who are food insecure are often "hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply can not make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days", the release said.

"This is something that people can do that will benefit their own community", he said.

Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and believe it's important to do what they can to help.

"Sometimes we have to get somebody out to get the food because the vehicle's so full", she said. "This is something that could not happen without their support".

"It seems like a lot of carriers take pride in helping out", Castillo said.

Local letter carriers ask for bags full of non-perishable foods so no-one goes to bed hungry.