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Are you ready to Stamp Out Hunger?

On May 14, The National Association of Letter Carriers will be hosting the nation’s largest single-day food drive, ‘Stamp Out Hunger,’ for a 19th year.

Donations benefit local food pantries and food banks across the nation, including The Clothes Closet Food Pantry, located at 1010 Fromhart Street, which serves Orange Park, Fleming Island and Doctors Inlet area.

In 2010, The Clothes Closet Food Pantry provided a week’s worth of groceries to 13,165 people – a sizable increase over the past few years. However, many families still struggle with a recovering economy and depend on The Clothes Closet Food Pantry to get by.

Last May, the local post office food drive was able to college approximately 40,429 pounds of food. With an increased need in the community, hopes are high for another recording breaking number of donations.

The Clothes Closet Food Pantry depends on ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ to provide at least half the food they’ll need for the rest of the year.

Those who wish to donate can put canned and packaged non-perishable food in a plastic bag by their mailboxes early on May 14, and your local mailperson will do the rest.

Donations can also be dropped off at a local post office.

Suggested donations include: peanut butter, soups, canned vegetables, canned meats, packaged pasta, sugar and flour.  No glass containers should be included in donations.

Volunteers are needed to help sort thousands of pounds of food, move cases of food and load and unload trucks. Volunteers with pick-up trucks are needed.

All ages are welcome to volunteer at the sorting center at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church, Haut Hall, located at 1649 Kingsley Avenues in Orange Park between 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Teens and strong adult volunteers are needed at the Kingsley Post Office located at 1994 Kingsley Ave from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the College Drive Post Office located at 225 College Drive from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to load and unload trucks and pre-sort food.

Volunteers with pick-up trucks are needed at both locations.

For more information, call Terry Rollen at (904) 269-5491 or email her at ctrollen@comcast.net. Please visit www.helpstampouthunger.com for more information on Stamp Out Hunger’s national effort.

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