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Letter carriers will collect nonperishable food items Saturday for United Way food pantries.

The Stamp Out Hunger drive is a cooperative effort by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Missouri Slope Areawide United Way.

Residents will be provided with plastic bags supplied by Dan’s Supermarket. The filled bags may be placed next to mailboxes on Saturday and with the help of United Way volunteers, letter carriers will pick up the donations when delivering the mail that day.

This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the nationwide food drive. Last year, more than 48,000 pounds of food was collected locally.

United Way food pantries typically have a low inventory at this time of year, said United Way executive director Jena Gullo, in a release. This food drive helps stock area pantries with food to be distributed to families in need in the community, she said.

Agencies and food pantries receiving the donated food include Ruth Meiers Hospitality House, Youthworks, Salvation Army, Welcome House, Bismarck Emergency Food Pantry, Child’s Hope Learning Center, Dacotah Foundation, Abused Adult Resource Center, Community Action and Charles Hall Youth Services.

In addition to helping along the mail routes, volunteers also will help sort the food at the Expressway Post Office from 1 to 6 p.m. Those interested in volunteering may visit www.msaunitedway.org or call United Way at 255-3601.

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