Stamp Out Hunger collects food for needy Central Valley families

Last year, Stamp Out collected 200,000 pounds of food

FRESNO, California - Here in Fresno, worrying about your next meal is a terrible reality for some families. To help fix that, many in the community Saturday left out a bag of food at their mailbox for the biggest one-day food drive in the country.

Normally, letter carriers just drop things off at a mailbox -- but on Saturday, they had to pick something up, too. Also, make another delivery at the Community Food Bank in Fresno.

Partnering with the National Association of Letter Carriers, food banks around the country are collecting non-perishable foods. All collected items will be used within their communities.

"Community Food Bank works with over 200 local organizations that provide food relief in our local communities. So, the food you're donating actually stays in the Central Valley," said Maria Ayala, program supervisor for the Community Food Bank.

It's a big need in Fresno. According to Ayala, one in four adults and one in three children are experiencing some sort of hunger insecurity.

Last year, Stamp Out collected 200,000 pounds in the Central Valley -- 75,000 of which was collected in Fresno alone. The goal is to meet that and if Saturday's turn-out is any indication it looks attainable.

"I hope next year we get more volunteers because it's very, very busy," said Alyson Early, a student volunteer.

While Stamp Out is the biggest one-day food drive, you can still help after it's over. You can bring food to your local post office or you can drop off donations directly to a food bank.

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