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The Antigo post officeâ€and many surrounding rural areasâ€are asking patrons to help “Stamp Out Hunger” on Saturday.

Mail carriers from the Antigo Post Office, as well as many rural routes across the northwoods, will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Antigo Community Food Pantry as well as other local organizations. All food stays in the local area.

“We urge everyone to please support one of the food pantry's largest annual food drives,” Rose Prunty, manager of the Antigo Community Food Pantry, said.

To save on costs, the Postal Service is asking donors to use their own bags this year. Post cards detailing the drive have been delivered to most customers, but not everyone may have received one.

Set out the bags on Saturday morning near the mailbox, well before the usual mail pick-up/delivery time. Carriers will be delivering and dropping off mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

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 percent juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein such as tuna, chicken and turkey, beans canned or dry. Healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as beans, oatmeal and other whole grains, and canola or olive oil are also encouraged.

Do not donate frozen food, homemade food or home-canned items, items that have expired or are in glass containers. In keeping with good food-handling and food-safety procedures, food that is opened, damaged, out of code or does not have the official ingredients included will be discarded by the food bank or in the sorting process.

The drive will go on rain or shine, so plastic bags are best.

The food drive takes place in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America. It's an effort to raise national awareness about the real, ongoing problem of hunger in every community.

The drive dates to 1991, when it was held in 10 communities. The first year of the nationwide effort in 1993 collected over 11 million pounds of food, which was a one-day record in the United States, and with more than 220 union branches covering more than 1,000 communities participating.

Thereafter, the national drive was set for the second Saturday of May each year. The date was chosen because most food banks face a depletion in donations from the holiday season.

Today, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the United States' largest single-day food drive. To date, it has collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food for local pantries.
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Antigo letter carriers posed with “Keith,” their mascot for Saturday's “Stamp Out Hunger” food collection, this morning.

Post office hunger drive is Saturday
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The Antigo post officeâ€and many surrounding rural areasâ€are asking patrons to help “Stamp Out Hunger” on Saturday.

Mail carriers from the Antigo Post Office, as well as many rural routes across the northwoods, will be collecting nonperishable food items for the Antigo Community Food Pantry as well as other local organizations. All food stays in the local area.

“We urge everyone to please support one of the food pantry's largest annual food drives,” Rose Prunty, manager of the Antigo Community Food Pantry, said.

To save on costs, the Postal Service is asking donors to use their own bags this year. Post cards detailing the drive have been delivered to most customers, but not everyone may have received one.

Set out the bags on Saturday morning near the mailbox, well before the usual mail pick-up/delivery time. Carriers will be delivering and dropping off mail as usual, on top of collecting food donations, so that pickup time could be slightly later than usual.

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 percent juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein such as tuna, chicken and turkey, beans canned or dry. Healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as beans, oatmeal and other whole grains, and canola or olive oil are also encouraged.

Do not donate frozen food, homemade food or home-canned items, items that have expired or are in glass containers. In keeping with good food-handling and food-safety procedures, food that is opened, damaged, out of code or does not have the official ingredients included will be discarded by the food bank or in the sorting process.

The drive will go on rain or shine, so plastic bags are best.

The food drive takes place in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America. It's an effort to raise national awareness about the real, ongoing problem of hunger in every community.

The drive dates to 1991, when it was held in 10 communities. The first year of the nationwide effort in 1993 collected over 11 million pounds of food, which was a one-day record in the United States, and with more than 220 union branches covering more than 1,000 communities participating.

Thereafter, the national drive was set for the second Saturday of May each year. The date was chosen because most food banks face a depletion in donations from the holiday season.

Today, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is the United States' largest single-day food drive. To date, it has collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food for local pantries.
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Antigo letter carriers posed with “Keith,” their mascot for Saturday's “Stamp Out Hunger” food collection, this morning.
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