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Photo submitted Don Workman and Karen Basher volunteered last year during the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, helping to weigh, sort and shelve the 4,000 pounds of donated nonperishable food items for the Delta Food Pantry.

Saturday, May 13, is the 25th anniversary National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) annual nationwide food drive. The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive, the country's largest single-day food drive, provides residents with an easy way to donate food to those in need in the community.

Customers simply leave their donation of nonperishable food next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail on Saturday, May 13. Letter carriers will collect these food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes and distribute them to the Delta Food Pantry. While all donations of nonperishable food items are welcome, the Delta Food Pantry is in need especially of cereal, boxed macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, canned soups, peanut butter and tuna.

In 2016, the community donated an amazing 4,000 pounds of food to the Delta Food Pantry! This year, volunteers at the food pantry are challenging the community to raise 6,000. If you are unable to donate food but would like to help your neighbors in need, please consider joining food pantry volunteers on May 13 to weigh, sort and shelve the food. Please call Mary Pfalzgraff at 970-275-9670.

Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition. Since the first national Food Drive in 1993, the Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food; last year's drive brought in a record 80 million pounds of food.

This food drive is one way to help those in Delta who need assistance. Volunteers are also needed on an ongoing basis. Or, a financial contribution may be mailed to The Delta Food Pantry, 1140 Howard Street, Delta, CO 81416. The pantry is open weekdays 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the alley behind 6th and Meeker.

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