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Utahns contribute during nationwide food drive

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Posted at 7:40 PM, May 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-10 21:40:32-04

SALT LAKE CITY – People across the country helped stamp out hunger Saturday during an annual food drive put on by the Postal Service and its letter carriers.

The 22nd Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was held Saturday, and letter carriers picked up donations to be delivered to local food banks and pantries; Utahns were encouraged to place non-perishable food items in bags and leave them by their mail box Saturday.

According to a press release from the US Postal Service, the group collected 655,000 pounds of food during the food drive in Utah last year and about 74 million pounds of food nationwide. Officials said they hope to meet or exceed last year’s numbers.

“It’s interesting, this morning at the Sugar House location the letter carriers are just starting to come in,” said Ginette Bott, who is the chief development officer for the Utah Food Bank. “Little slower at this location this year, but I am hearing other places across the state, and across the city particularly, are doing very well, so we are very positive we will reach our goal.”

Click here for more information about the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.