Local letter carriers will collect donated food on their routes Saturday, May 13, during the annual National Letter Carriers Association "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive."

About 212,000 pounds of food were collected during a letter carrier campaign —the 27th Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive — May 11 in southwest Missouri.

“This amount exceeded our expectations due to the rain and proves once again that our community cares about each other” said NALC Food Drive Coordinator, Harold Cunningham. “Thank you to everyone who donated food or time to help us help our community.”

The food – collected across 14 counties and distributed to more than 30 local pantries – will help fight hunger throughout the Ozarks for several months.

In Houston, 1,600 pounds were collected, said Houston Postmaster Kristie Flett. The number was down due to the weather.

The drive is held the second Saturday in May each year and is the largest one-day food drive in the country.

A final number will be announced next month.

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