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Fight hunger with trip to mailbox

We can all help the hungry today, and the only effort required will be walking out to the mailbox.

It’s time again for the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which is carried out with the U.S. Postal Service, Campbell Soup, Feeding America and other partners.

During their regular routes today in Denton County, mail carriers will collect nonperishable food donations that residents leave in bags by their mailboxes.

Donations will be transported to the Denton Community Food Center, where the food will be unloaded from the postal vehicles by volunteers.

This is the 22nd year for the food drive, which is “America’s largest single day of giving,” according to a U.S. Postal Service news release.

More than 38,000 pounds of food was collected during last year’s drive in Denton, and this year’s goal is to collect 40,000 pounds.

Tom Newell, who serves as chairman of the Denton Community Food Center’s board of directors, said the event is its largest annual community food drive. The amount collected in last year’s drive was enough to feed people assisted by the center for a month, he said.

The center, located at 109 W. Sycamore St., accepts cash and food donations year-round. The center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Cash donations — $10 can buy $70 worth of food at regional food banks — can be mailed to Denton Community Food Center, P.O. Box 2121, Denton, TX 76202. To see food items on the center’s wish list, visit and click on the donations tab.

Supporting the center is a great way to help the community, so we’d encourage everyone to drop off regular donations to keep the shelves well stocked, but no trip is necessary today.

Many of us keep more food in our cupboards than we need at any given time, so why not put some of it to good use by leaving it for your mail carrier to pick up?

Timing for the drive is critical, officials tell us, because the majority of donations to food banks and pantries are made during the holidays. By spring, resources are depleted and the facilities enter summer with a shortage at a time when children don’t have access to school breakfast and lunch programs.

Hunger is a very real problem that affects thousands of Denton County residents, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

There should plenty to go around — all we have to do is share.