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Stamp Out Hunger drive to collect food for HOPE

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By Jesef Williams

The United Way of Lancaster County and local letters carriers are gearing up for the 17th annual Stamp Out Hunger drive, the country’s largest single-day food drive.

Organizers say just a few canned goods from each household would go a long way to make this year’s local effort a success.

The drive is Saturday, May 9.

You’re asked to leave a sturdy bag of canned goods and other non-perishable items next to your mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery.

Local letter and rural carriers will pick up the food and deliver it to HOPE in Lancaster, which assists Lancaster County residents with food and other needs.

Last year, Lancaster County collected more than 9,000 pounds of food, said Carolyn Petroski, the local United Way director.

“There’s a great need,” she said. “Hopefully, it’s going to get better.”

Elaine Adkins, director of HOPE in Lancaster, said the Stamp Out Hunger drive benefits her organization immensely.

HOPE’s pantry usually starts to run low of food during the spring, Adkins said.

“During the summer, the food’s really needed,” Adkins said. “We’re very appreciative of the United Way and the letter carriers. It’s a lot of extra work.”

To volunteer or for more information, contact the United Way of Lancaster County at 283-8923  or liveunited@uwaylcsc.org.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152