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|Mail Carriers Try to Stamp Out Hunger Saturday
|Your local mail carrier won't just be delivering the usual letters and bills with the mail Saturday, they will be picking up goods to benefit the local community. The United States Postal Service carriers are participating in the 17th annual Stamp Out Hunger Day and will pick up any kind of non-perishable, not expired canned or boxed foods to help out the FISH food pantry in Galesburg.
An organizer of the event and a local carrier, Toni Ball, says this event is the largest one day food pick-up project in the United States and tells WGIL food collected has benefits in the local area.
"Everything we get here in Galesburg, goes to FISH. Kewanee's donated food gets sent to their food pantry. Knoxville's collected food goes to a church which contains a food pantry. All the food stays in your community."
Ball says those who would like to leave items outside their mailboxes or near their residences for postal carriers or other volunteers to pick up. She says products like Spaghetti-O's, Hamburger Helper, cooking mixes such as pancake or cake mix, and fruits and vegetables in the can will be picked up. She says items that are expired or are canned by an individual will not be picked up.
Ball says they are still looking for volunteers and says you can contact your local post office or FISH to help them out with the collection and separation of the nearly 18-thousand pounds of food that is picked up each year at this event.
(Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza, right, issues a mayoral proclamation for Saturday's "National Food Drive Day" during Monday Night's Galesburg City Council meeting. At left is Toni Ball of the Galesburg Post Office. WGIL News Story by Dominic Fortini; Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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