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Update: Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive a success with over 44k meals collected

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Update: May 23:

The Northeast Iowa Food Bank announced today that this year's Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive brought in 51,937 pounds of food, totaling 44,260 meals that were collected from the Cedar Valley area.  The Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul will also be receiving around 5,800 meals (7,700 pounds) each.

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Original story: May 11:

The 26th annual Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 12.

All over the U.S. Saturday, letter carriers will drop off mail as they do six days a week, but they will also collect food from households to be donated locally, including to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo.

So what should you donate?  The top requested non-perishable food items are: cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100% juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry). You also can donate healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as beans, oatmeal and other whole grains, and canola or olive oil.

Please do not donate homemade food, home-canned items or frozen food.

Some rain is expected in eastern Iowa this weekend but, as the postal service's unofficial motto goes, "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds."  So, even if it rains, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place Saturday.

Visit the official Stamp Out Hunger website here.

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