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Mail carriers Stamp Out Hunger for food bank Saturday

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Letter carriers will pick up more than just mail across eastern Iowa Saturday for the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Community members are asked to donate non-perishables, all of which go to the food banks. In eastern Iowa, that means going to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, which is distributed throughout 16 Iowa counties.

To donate, residents should put any non-perishables in a bag and place it by their mailboxes Saturday morning. Mail carriers or volunteers will then pick up the bags and transport the donations to the food bank.

Northeast Iowa Food Bank Executive Director Barb Prather said items such as canned chicken, canned fruits and vegetables, and peanut butter are examples of which people can donate. The food bank also accepts items like toothbrushes, toilet paper and cereals.

Prather said more than 80 percent of the bank's food comes from private contributions.

"Food banks rely on community support to do what they do and make things happen," she said. "We can't do what we do without community support, and we're very grateful."

In the last year, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank's distribution has increased by an estimated 12.5 percent; Prather said the need isn't going away.

The Stamp Out Hunger drive will continue rain or shine. Directors advise residents to have their donations outside by about 9 a.m. Saturday.

Residents can contact their local post offices to verify if their communities are taking part in the food drive.

The Stamp Out Hunger program is a national letter carrier program that benefits food banks nationwide.
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