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Letter carriers' annual food drive set for Saturday

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The National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive - the largest one-day food drive in the country - is set for Saturday, and it has a significant impact in Wilson County, according to those associated with the event.

"The Lebanon Post Office collected over 13,000 pounds of food last year," retired letter carrier Millie Heston said, noting the donations of non-perishable food benefited the Wilson County Community Help Center.

"(The help center) does so much to help the families here in Wilson County. They give people clothes; they help people who lose things in a house fire; they help with utility bills, prescriptions, so many things," she said. "But what I want to recognize is how many people were fed. Last year, 2015, 2,214 individuals and 932 families were helped with food.

"These people are our neighbors, kids that your kids see at school, people you stand in line behind at the store. Many of us don't know what it means to be hungry, but how scary would it be to go home tonight knowing there is no food?"

To join in the cause, Heston and letter carriers across the country are asking residents to place non-perishable food items in their mailboxes before mail is delivered on Saturday.

"Check your pantry and grab a plastic bag. Put your donation in or beside your mailbox," she said. "Carriers will be working hard May 14, and we will have volunteers out collecting food, too. Thanks so much for coming together as a community to make this work for the 24th year."

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