Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers from around the country collect non-perishable food items during their daily routes to help feed the hungry in their community, and that includes the letter carriers in the Binghamton area. It's called The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive and here's how you can help and you don't even have to leave your house. Place a bag or a box of non-perishable food items near your mailbox Saturday before your mail person delivered your mail. You may even see the bag pictured above show up in your mailbox. They will pick it up and take it to their vehicle where it will be sent to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. who will share the food with local community pantries and agencies.

According to Maria Strinni, Communications Coordinator for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, timing of this event is very significant. Right now food banks, pantries, and shelters are running low on donations after The Long Winter. And, with summer approaching, when most school meal programs are suspended, the need increases this time of year. The most needed items according to the press release from the Food Bank are canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, dry pasta, boxed macaroni and cheese, and canned soups,

I'm sure if you open your cupboard at home you'll find a can of something that you would not mind donating to the hungry. Every little bit helps whether it's a bag full of food or just one can, it will help feed your hungry Neighbors in the greater Binghamton area. All donations stay in the area. The statistics regarding hunger in our area are mind-blowing. See them for yourself on the Food Bank's website.

If you would like more information on this event you can visit the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive website.

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