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      Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger

      They call it the Superbowl of food drives.Letter carriers teamed up with the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri for the 22nd Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. More than 20 Mid-Missouri post offices collected food including Jefferson Cityâ??s letter carriers.Letter Carrier Roger Baston said, â??This is tremendous. One in six people are need of help. Sometimes, they are just too proud to ask for help.â??The annual food drive couldnâ??t come at a better time of year. Schools are closing for the summer. Many children depend on school breakfasts and lunches for their main source of nutrition. Jefferson City volunteers from churches and organizations helped letter carriers organize the donations.First Christian Church member Cindy Leveron said, â??Itâ??s just a sense of wanting to help the community and enjoy comradeship with people who think the same way I do.â??The food drive is helping 38 pantries.Food bank spokesman Todd Pridemore said, â??We are so grateful for the National Association of Letter Carriers, the postal workers and the tons of volunteers who donate their time. They go above and beyond their regular duties to make this happen. Itâ??s the largest one day food drive in the nation.â??Jefferson City letter carriers collected 77,000 pounds of food last year. This year, they collected more than 90,000 pounds.Letter carriers also collected cash donations during this yearâ??s food drive.