Arizona letter carriers collect food donations

PHOENIX - Saturday marked the largest single-day food drive in the United States, one that helps several local food banks.

It was the 21st Annual National Association of Letter Carriers "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive.

It began in Phoenix in 1976 with letter carriers picking up food donations in their own pickup trucks.

It has evolved into a national effort that has collected more than a billion pounds over the last two decads for Americans suffering from food shortages, according to a press release from St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance.

Over two million pounds of food was collected across Arizona in 2012.

According to the press release, the food will be distributed to the one in five Arizonans dealing with hunger issues in our state.

The food collected helps St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, St. Vincent de Paul, United and other Arizona Food Banks survive during the summer months.

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