Columbia Volunteers Try to Stamp Out Hunger

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COLUMBIA - Mail carriers were delivering more than just letters and packages Saturday for the 21st annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.

The 'Stamp Out Hunger' drive is the largest one-day food collection in the country. It is a nationwide effort to provide food to local food banks which would otherwise have empty shelves during the summer months.

Volunteers worked from 10 a.m. Saturday until 7 p.m. Saturday to help sort the food into totes to be delivered to the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. Residents were asked to donate such items as canned meats, soups, stews and peanut butter.

Director of Development Bobbie Kincade said all of the peanut butter received from Saturday's drive will be separated to put into Buddy Packs for the food bank's Buddy Packs program.

Other communities that participated in this year's drive are Sedalia, Jefferson City, Boonville and Holts Summit.

Last year, the NALC collected more than 151,000 pounds of food and $33 thousand for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. As of 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Kincade said they already exceeded the amount of food they gathered from last year.