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26th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive held Saturday in Utah

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – One in eight Utahn’s have no idea where they will get their next meal. But the United States Post Office is trying to do something about it.

Saturday marked the 26th annual food bank “Stamp Out the Hunger” event throughout Utah and yesterday it was a huge success.

Ginette Bott, president and CEO of the Utah Food Bank said hunger is an issue that it is a real challenge.

“I can’t look at you and tell that you’re hungry,” said Bott. “I can’t see that you’ve missed one meal, or two or three. But for those of us who are fortunate enough not to have that issue, we need to remember those who are.”

People were asked to fill up a plastic bag or box with non-perishable food items and set it by their mailbox. The letter carriers then picked up the donations and brought them back to the Sugarhouse donation center.

Bott said this event happened all across the country on Saturday, not just in Utah.  

“It is very important for those of us in Utah, especially the smaller communities, for those pantries to get a big boost,” said Bott. “Last year this drive gave us about 600,000 pounds of food in one day, we are hopeful for today and 600,000 would be great.” 

Bott said the fun thing about this type of donation is that its easier to remember that what you have in your pantry, someone else would probably like to have in theirs.

“Whatever you have or whatever you enjoy, we ask you to donate,” said Bott. “We really also ask for others to donate things like proteins, peanut butter, canned chicken, tuna as well as fruits and vegetables that are low in sugar and sodium.” 

Bott said macaroni and cheese in the box is a popular item so they definitely ask for donations of one of Utah kids’ favorite foods. 

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