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Wed May 7, 2014
Stamp Out Hunger This Saturday: Donating Food Without Leaving Home
To fight hunger, mail carriers around the nation will pick up food donations on Saturday.
At the state Capitol on Wednesday, Governor Mike Beebe met with students from Sherwood's Clinton Elementary Magnet School, along with representatives of the National Association of Letter Carriers, the Arkansas Foodbank, and the AARP Foundation.
They gathered to raise awareness about the nation's largest single-day food drive.
People are asked to leave non-perishable foods next to their mailboxes Saturday morning to be picked up by their letter carriers.
“You don't have to leave home to do it," said Postman Phillip Isgrig. "It's a pajama food drive. You can go out in your pajamas and donate food to the letter carriers food drive,” Isgrig said.
Officials say more than 20 percent of children and senior citizens in Arkansas wonder where their next meal will come from.
“Thousands of people do not have food in their pantries or go to bed hungry almost every night. Luckily, we have teamed up with the United States Postal Service and Arkansas Foodbank to help stop hunger,” said Dominic Diamond, a fifth-grader, who is the student body president of Clinton Elementary School.
Last year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected 74 million pounds of food nationwide, with Arkansas contributing 130,000 pounds of food.