If every person in Marion County donated a can of food, the community could stamp out hunger for some time.

And that’s the whole point.

Stamp Out Hunger! is the nation’s largest single-day food drive and has collected more than 695 million pounds of food since it began in 1993. Locally and across the country, the National Association of Letter Carriers is asking their customers to place bags and boxes of nonperishable foods by their mailboxes Saturday, May 13.

Postcards with detailed instructions will be in the mail this week to remind residents about the food drive, said Walter Brummage, a local member of the NALC and a postal carrier for Monongah.

What’s collected in Marion County will stay in Marion County, Brummage said, benefiting those who are hungry in the community.

“We collected about 9 or 10 tons last year,” Brummage said. “This year, I would like to see 20 or 25 tons collected. I’d like to see so much food that we don’t know where to put it.”

Fifteen cans could feed a family for a week, he said. Imagine how many people could be fed if all 26,000 mail customers in the county participated by placing a bag of canned goods outside next Saturday, he said.

Residents can also deliver the canned goods to the Fairmont post office on Madison Street until close of business Saturday. Volunteers will be on hand, loading the donations into trucks for delivery.

Brummage said volunteers are still needed to help load donations and to follow carriers on their routes to collect the goods that day.

“This day is to stamp out hunger,” Brummage said. “The goal is that no one will go hungry this year.”

For more information, call Brummage at 366-1610 or log on to www.nalc.org.

E-mail Misty Poe at mpoe@timeswv.com.

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