United Way of Adams County partners with U.S. Postal Service for largest food drive in country on Saturday

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QUINCY — United Way of Adams County is partnering with the United States Postal Service for the annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign, the largest food drive in the nation, on Saturday, May 11.

Every year since 1993 on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country have embarked on their routes, collecting donations of non-perishable food items to support local food pantries and shelters. More than 44 million people in the United States face hunger, a challenge that affects one in five children.

In a press release, Reggie Freel, director of programs and services at United Way of Adams County, said, “As we evaluate the current needs within our community, the urgency for ensuring food security and extending assistance has reached unprecedented levels. Through the Stamp Out Hunger campaign, we have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of those facing food insecurity in our community. Together, we can create positive change and ensure that everyone has access to nutritious meals.”

Community members are encouraged to leave non-perishable food items in a bag by their mailbox on May 11, avoiding donating glass and breakable items. Postal workers will collect the donations during their regular mail routes.

For those interested in volunteering on Saturday to assist with food pick-up, contact the United Way of Adams County office at 217-222-5020 and speak with Freel. Volunteers will meet at the post office on 36th Street at 11 a.m. to receive instructions and a designated route. This is a two-hour commitment that can make a world of difference in the lives of Adams County neighbors facing food insecurity.

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