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Letter carriers want your help to Stamp Out Hunger

You might be used to your area mailman delivering your letters and packages, but this Saturday will be a great time for you to deliver something to your mailman.

The 21st annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive takes place on Saturday. The effort is a nationwide project and is aimed at collecting non-perishable food donations to help stock-up the local food pantries after the harsh winter months. The project is ongoing throughout Bureau County.

Princeton food drive coordinator Scott Maschek said it’s important to take part because so many are in need, and all donations benefit the local food pantry.

“It means we’ll be helping our friends and neighbors in need,” he said.

Maschek said the food drive helps the local pantry provide during the summer months and helps feed children in need who would normally be at school receiving a nutritious snack or lunch.

Taking part in the food drive throughout the county is simple. The letter carriers pick-up donations when they deliver your mail. Those wishing to make a donation are asked to leave the non-perishable products in the mailbox and then let the carriers do the rest.

“With the large amount of needy, we need to collect everything we can,” Maschek said.

Maschek, who has been food drive coordinator in Princeton since 1999, said one of his best collection years was when the Princeton Postal Service collected 7,700 pounds.

This year, Maschek is challenging every resident to donate two cans to beat that record. Other event organizers around the county are also encouraging residents to do give as much as they can. All items should be non-perishable and cannot have an expired date.

“If every delivery point in Princeton and in the rural routes donated two cans, we would make 10,000 pounds for the food pantry,” he said.

To provide another simple option for residents in Princeton, the postal service will also be setting up a drop-off location in the post office parking lot. Donors can drive-by and hand off their non-perishable items to volunteers at the scene.

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