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story.lead_photo.caption Check your mailbox for a blue bag — it's time for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Fill the bag with nonperishable food items (or use the included envelope for a monetary donation) and leave it out for your mail carrier Saturday to participate. Photo by Helen Wilbers / Fulton Sun.

This Saturday, donating food will be as easy as mailing a letter.

Fulton and Holts Summit residents will have the chance to donate food by leaving it for the mail carrier Saturday, as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger event.

In cooperation with The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri, mail carriers in the two towns will be collecting donations as they make their deliveries. This is an annual event. Last year, Callaway County residents donated 3,080 pounds of food and $3,181.

All food donations will be used locally, distributed to the pantries, soup kitchens and other partner agencies around Callaway County. Monetary donations are used to pay for food acquisition and distribution in the community and across central and northeast Missouri.

Bags and envelopes will be delivered to homes during the week before the event, but residents may use other bags or boxes.

Non-perishable food, as well as monetary donations, can be placed outside the morning of the event to be picked up. Monetary gifts may be mailed, placed in food bags or left in the mailbox.

The items most needed are peanut butter, canned meat, canned fruit and vegetables, whole-grain cereal, rice, beans and boxed meal helpers. Please do not donate frozen, homemade or home-canned foods.

The Food Bank, a nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving food insecurity, is able to purchase $210 worth of groceries with every $10 donated.

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