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Letter: Help stamp out hunger

To the residents of Concord, Pembroke and Allenstown:

Saturday marks the 22nd anniversary of one of America’s great days of giving – the National Association of Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive.

Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face to face with a sad reality for too many – hunger. So each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect nonperishable food donations.

These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Concord and the Suncook region.

The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million Americans – one in six – are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Sixteen million are children who feel hunger’s impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. And nearly 5 million seniors over 60 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

Our food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.

By springtime, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need.

Participating in this year’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is simple. Just leave a nonperishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, and your letter carrier and volunteers will do the rest.

JO-ANN DUPUIS

Pembroke

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