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Stamp Out Hunger food drive ‘means a whole lot’ to local pantry

Emma Anna, left, a volunteer with the Faith Baptist Church food pantry in Belleville, and her sister, Valerie Schobert, pick up food delivered to the downtown Belleville Post Office as part of the postal carriers’ 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday.
Emma Anna, left, a volunteer with the Faith Baptist Church food pantry in Belleville, and her sister, Valerie Schobert, pick up food delivered to the downtown Belleville Post Office as part of the postal carriers’ 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday. mkoziatek@bnd.com

Load after load of donated food was distributed Saturday behind the downtown Belleville Post Office as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ 25th annual food drive, Stamp Out Hunger.

Nationwide, mail carriers collected the nonperishable food residents left near their mailboxes. The postal workers bring the food back to their post office, where volunteers from local charities then load up their vehicles.

Emma Anna, a volunteer with the food pantry at Faith Baptist Church in downtown Belleville, said this was the fourth year she has helped pack up the donated food at the post office at 120 W. Washington St.

“It means a whole lot because it helps a whole lot more people,” Anna said of the donations.

Anna and her sister, Valerie Schobert, were able to fill up the Faith Baptist’s van with boxes of food.

The annual Stamp Out Hunger drive is always scheduled for the second Saturday of May. Next year, that will be May 12.

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