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Saturday, May 14, largest one-day nationwide food drive; LI residents asked to leave food near their mailboxes to benefit those facing hunger locally.

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MINEOLA, NY - April 26, 2011 - Island Harvest, Long Island's largest food bank, is joining forces with the United States Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers in the country's biggest one-day food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, to take place on Saturday, May 14, 2011.

The campaign is simple and encourages the community to leave non-perishable food items such as canned goods, pasta, rice, boxed juices, etc., next to their mailboxes to be picked up by their letter carriers on Saturday, May 14, 2011. Product in glass containers will not be accepted. Food collected in Nassau and Suffolk counties will help over 285,000 Long Islanders -including 110,000 children - who face the risk of going hungry every day.

"Stamp Out Hunger is the easiest way in which communities and families can come together to help address the serious problem of hunger on Long Island," said Randi Shubin Dresner, president and CEO of Island Harvest. "Through the combined forces of the US Postal Service and the National Association of Letter Carriers, together we can make a real difference in the lives of so many families who rely on Island Harvest and our member agencies for critical food support."

"The US Postal Service is proud to be part of a program that helps those battling hunger in every community across the country," said Ken Hale, Long Island District Manager, USPS. "We are especially pleased to partner with Island Harvest and the NALC in addressing the critical issue of hunger right here on Long Island."

"The Annual Letter Carrier Food Drive provides help and hope for the needs of children, seniors and the working poor who live on Long Island," said Walter Barton, president National Association of Letter Carriers, Long Island Merged Branch 6000. "It is the good deeds of the entire community on this one day of the year that brings us together in a common cause. Thank you for your generosity."

Donations of non-perishable items can also be brought directly to local post offices, with the exception of products in glass containers. For more information about Stamp Out Hunger locally, visit

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