Columbia Post Office to host Stamp Out Hunger food drive

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 | 9:47 a.m. CDT; updated 2:34 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, April 18, 2012

COLUMBIA — Letter carriers in Columbia will collect canned goods and other nonperishable food May 12 as part of a national food drive called Stamp Out Hunger.

The carriers will collect the food as they deliver mail along their routes and then take the food to the local food bank, according to Howard Hutton, customer relations coordinator with the Columbia Post Office.

Suggested items include canned soup, vegetables and fruit, pasta, rice and cereal. Those wishing to donate should leave bags of food next to the mailbox before their expected mail delivery.

The effort coincides with The National Association of Letter Carriers' annual food drive.

Last year, Columbia's post office picked up 35,355 pounds of food. The national drive collected 70.4 million pounds.

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