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Green Bay letter carriers looking to stamp out hunger issue

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Residents in Brown County are being asked to leave a bag of non-perishable food by their mailbox Saturday at 9 a.m. 

It's for the 21st Annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

"At this time of the year, supplies at pantries are significantly lower and they've used up any reserves they've collected back around Christmas time," says Vicki Lewis-McKay, Chair Member of the Green Bay Local Letter Carriers Association. "Children will soon be out of school and families will be more dependent on pantries to help meet their food needs as the school programs will not be available."

In 2012, the food drive collected 254, 585 pounds of food throughout Northeast Wisconsin, including 160,096 pounds taken in Brown County. The Brown County total was distributed to 22 local food pantries.

To take part, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable food items, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pastas, rice or cereal next to their mailbox by 9 a.m. on Saturday May 11.

A local letter carrier or designated volunteer will pick up the items. If you do not have a mailbox, simply place the bagged item on your porch or in an outside visibile area. Green Bay's letter carriers will collect the food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to both the Packerland Postal Station and Cofrin Postal Station for collection, sorting and distribution to local Green Bay food pantries.

The Letter Carriers are still in need of volunteers to assist with the food drive. East side Green Bay residents should contact Tim Voelker at (920) 217-7726 and west side Green Bay residents should contact Vicki Lewis-McKee at (920) 606-3457.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive in Green Bay, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.