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‘Stamp Out Hunger’ food drive is Saturday

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mail carriers across the United States will take part in the 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on  Saturday.

Residents in West Michigan should have received a paper bag in their mailbox this week.  On Saturday, you are asked to fill the bag with non-perishable food and your mail carrier will pick it up on their normal delivery route.

That food will be brought to Feeding America West Michigan.  In 2018, they collected over 113,000 pounds of food.

Local N.A.C.L President Darrell Helsley speaks very highly of the annual event,

"I plan on doing this until the day I retire from the post office and then I'll still come in as a retiree," Helsley said.

He says mail carriers in the area operate like a family organization.

"Some of the carriers that are off on the weekends will actually volunteer their time to come in and help out even though they're not officially on the clock," he said.

Feeding America West Michigan helps provide food for 900 partner agencies across the state.

Mallory Weber, Food Acquisition Manager at Feeding America West Michigan, tells FOX 17 of the event's importance, "1 in 8 people in our service area are food insecure and 1 in 6 children don't know where their next meal will come from, so this is just a super easy one-day thing you can do your part in the community."

For a list of the items they need the most and to donate money online, you can click here.

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  • Sw

    Stamp out hunger, id like to see you teach people to grow their own food, to learn to be responsible for themselves.

    Did you know after you use celery or lettuce you can replant the base ?

    Seeds from your tomatoes and cucumbers and etc can be saved and stored and used to plant vegetables.

    I have fruit trees that pretty much take care of themselves. ( these fruit trees also produce seeds and you can use these seeds to replant more fruit trees.

    Its time we learn to grow our own food and take care of our own responsibilities and not lean on others as a crutch, but instead lending a hand to help one another up!

    May we learn to grow our own food and share our extra food with those in need.

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