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QC Prepares For 27th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

National Association of Letter Carriers

The National Association of Letter Carriers is working to fight hunger this weekend with help from the United Way of the Quad Cities.

On Saturday, May 11th, letter carriers and volunteers will collect donations of non-perishable food left out by mail boxes. It's the 27th Annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive, and all local donations will be taken to the River Bend Food Bank.

Tracey Bultinck is a letter carrier and coordinater of the food drive for the Rock Island Post Office. She's been participating in the food drive since the beginning, and says that the time of year for the drive was very carefully chosen.

"The reason we do it at this time of the year is because everybody thinks at the holidays to donate to food banks. Right about now those food banks are getting pretty slim. This is the big push just before summer because kids get out of school. They need the extra food because kids are home all day." said Bultinck.

Besides non-perishable foods, particularly canned goods and baby food, the drive will also accept toiletries and household items. 

No glass items or home-canned goods will be accepted, and all packages have to be unopened.

Over 27 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers has collected over 71 billion pounds of food.

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