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Letter carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" on May 9

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._ On Saturday, May 9, letter carriers in 140 cities in central and western Oklahoma will “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting canned food donations from households on their route.

To help “Stamp Out Hunger,” fill the plastic donation bag you receive in your mailbox the week of May 4, or any plastic bag, with canned food donations and place it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 9, before your letter carrier arrives. Your letter carrier will do the rest.

“The Letter Carriers' Food Drive is more important than ever,” said Rodney Bivens, executive director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “During the summer, utility bills skyrocket and children, who usually receive meals at school, may not have enough to eat. We are asking the community to help us by donating canned items through the Letter Carriers' Food Drive. Together, we can solve hunger.”

Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and rice and beans. Nonperishable food donations can also be dropped off at participating post offices. Monetary donations can also be made online at regionalfooodbank.org or by calling 405-600-3136. Every dollar donated will provide five meals for Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food.

The goal of the Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers' Food Drive is to raise enough food and funds to provide 7.3 million meals for hungry Oklahomans. As the demand for food assistance continues to rise, the Regional Food Bank depends upon the generosity of the community to support its mission of “Fighting Hunger…Feeding Hope.”

The following cities are participating in the Letter Carriers' Food Drive: Ada, Altus, Alva, Ames, Anadarko, Apache, Arapaho, Ardmore, Atoka, Beaver, Bethany, Bethel Acres, Blackwell, Blanchard, Boise City, Boley, Bray, Bristow, Buffalo, Burns Flat, Cache, Calera, Cashion, Cement, Chandler, Central High, Cherokee, Chickasha, Choctaw, Cleveland, Clinton, Colbert, Comanche, Cordell, Crescent, Cushing, Cyril, Davis, Dill City, Duncan, Durant, Edmond, El Reno, Elgin, Elk City, Enid, Erick, Fletcher, Frederick, Geary, Geronimo, Goodwell, Gracemont, Grandfield, Granite, Guthrie, Guymon, Harrah, Healdton, Helena, Hennessey, Hinton, Hobart. Hominy, Hooker, Jones, Kingfisher, Kingston, Konawa, Laverne, Lawton, Lexington, Lindsay, Lone Grove, Luther, Madill, Mangum, Marietta, Marlow, Maud, McLoud, Medford, Meeker, Midwest City, Milburn, Minco, Moore, Mooreland, Mustang, Newalla, Newcastle, Ninnekah, Noble, Norman, Okarche, Okeene, Okemah, Oklahoma City, Paden, Pauls Valley, Pawnee, Perkins, Perry, Pink, Ponca City, Purcell, Ringling, Rush Springs, Sayre, Seminole, Shawnee, Spencer, Slaughterville, Stillwater, Stratford, Stroud, Sulphur, Sweetwater, Tecumseh, Temple, Thomas, Tishomingo, Tonkawa, Tuttle, Union City, Village, Walters, Warr Acres, Watonga, Waukomis, Waurika, Wayne, Weatherford, Wetumka, Wewoka, Wilson, Woodward, Wynnewood, Yale and Yukon.

For more information about the Letter Carriers' Food Drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office, or call Meredith Diers at 405-600-3174 or email mdiers@regionalfoodbank.org.

The Regional Food Bank is the largest private domestic hunger-relief organization in the state of Oklahoma. Last fiscal year, the nonprofit distributed 47.8 million pounds of food and products through a network of nearly 1,200 charitable feeding programs and schools in 53 central and western Oklahoma counties.

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