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  • JAMM AQUINO / 2010

    Postal worker Adele Yoshikawa sorts through food items with the help of her children, Kiana, left, and Kainoa at the Pearl City Post Office in 2010. More than 240,000 mail carriers participated in the Postal Service’s effort to “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting food donations throughout Hawaii and in cities and towns across the country.

Join with your local mail carrier to help “Stamp Out Hunger” by leaving a donation of nonperishable food items at your mailbox or post office on Saturday.

The 25th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ food drive is the nation’s largest single-day effort to help feed hungry families.

An estimated 287,000 island residents face hunger, according to the Hawaii Foodbank. Last year’s donations from the food drive totalled about 412,135 pounds of food collected on Oahu and over 526,000 pounds statewide.

Recommended items include canned proteins, canned meals, canned vegetables, canned fruits and rice. Drop off donations at post offices or place them by your mailbox before the usual pickup time. Mail carriers and volunteers will then transport, sort and deliver food donations to the Hawaii Foodbank, where the items will be made available for those in need.

For volunteer opportunities and additional information, call 954-7869 or visit hawaiifoodbank.org.

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