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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

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Saturday, May 11th, marks 21 years the Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive has been going on nationwide. Stamp Out Hunger is the local version, and has been happening for nearly 20 years.

"We always do it in Spring to fill up the food bank because when kids get out of school, there's no more school lunches for them," says Debb Senn, Stamp Out Hunger Coordinator.

Helping is pretty easy. All you have to do is set out non-perishable foods by your mail box before 9 am this Saturday and letter carriers or volunteers will pick it up and deliver it to the food bank.

Last year, Stamp Out Hunger collected more than 300,000 pounds of food. And for the last six years, Billings has collected the most out of all communities of similar size. Organizers say this year, they are hoping for even better results.

"It's huge for us around here because we have such a need for it," says Senn.

"It not only demonstrates what the need is but it shows that people want to be involved,"  says Sheryle Shandy, CEO of the Billings Food Bank.

For those who want to help but don't have non-perishable foods, envelopes for monetary donations will also be in the mail.

"When there's a need, when there's a demand, when something needs to be done, we all want to help but not all of us can cover the cost of the whole thing," says Shandy.

Even one dollar can make a difference. Senn says, "For every dollar that's in that envelope is a pound of food. So that goes towards buying at least a pound of food which can be four cans of tomatoes."

And that pound of food can help feed a child who isn't getting a regular lunch like they do while in school.

Stamp Out Hunger is this Saturday, May 11th. Be sure to put your donations out by your mailbox by 9 am. If you are sending a monetary donation, postage is not required.