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Postal workers to collect nonperishable foods

— The nation’s largest one-day food drive will take place May 10 as the National Association of Letter Carriers and other postal service employees join together for Stamp Out Hunger.

Residents may drop off nonperishable foods at the post office or place items such as canned meats, soups, juices, rice, cereals and canned vegetables in a bag by their mailbox early or on May 10. A postal employee will pick up the donation.

According to Sebring food drive coordinators Frank Glinski, Lisa Jackson and Wanda Brote, between 60,000 and 70,000 pounds of food are collected every year in Highlands County during this event. Since its inception in 1993, well over one billion pounds of canned goods and nonperishable foods have been collected nationally.

“Every year, the generosity of local donors makes it possible for us to fill the shelves at Salvation Army, New Testament Mission and other area food banks,” said Glinski.

More than 49 million Americans, or on in every six people in this country live with food insecurity. Up to 4.8 million seniors have to make the difficult choice of whether to pay their bills, or buy groceries or medicine.

“Thank you for helping us help our community,” Glinski said.