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On Saturday Campbell Soup Company will again join forces with Poteau letter carriers to Stamp Out Hunger across America, providing assistance to millions of Americans who are struggling to put food on their tables every day.
Now in its twentieth year, the SOH effort is the nation's largest single-day food drive. In 2011, drive organizers across the country collected more than 70 million pounds of total food donations for the eighth consecutive year.
In addition to CSCm the U.S.P.S., the National Association of Letter Carriers and Feeding America, AARP, Valpak, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, the AFL-CIO, United Way and Uncle Bob's Self Storage are supporting the drive this year.
To participate in the SOH drive, Poteau residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Local letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to Kibois Food Pantry.
Despite the generosity of millions of Americans who have supported the letter carriers' food drive in previous years, the need for food assistance still exists for many families. According to the U.S Department of Agriculture's annual study measuring food security in the U.S., nearly 49 million Americans, including more than 16 million children, are struggling with hunger.