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Stamp Out Hunger drive this Saturday

ERIN TAYLOR/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Letter carriers will pick up donations of non-perishable food items left by mailboxes Saturday.

ERIN TAYLOR/Miner<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Letter carriers will pick up donations of non-perishable food items left by mailboxes Saturday.

KINGMAN - Letter carriers will be on the lookout Saturday for donations of non-perishable food items left in and around mailboxes.

All donations will go to the Kingman Area Food Bank, despite the fact that the bags left at doorsteps this week are stamped with the names of other organizations. That's because the bags were shipped from Phoenix, where the drive originated from two decades ago before spreading nationwide.

More than 26,000 pounds of food were collected during last year's drive. That's up from 22,000 pounds in 2010. Connie Stone, a letter carrier coordinating the drive in Kingman, said the numbers were higher last year in part because of a challenge between the Butler area and the city of Kingman to see which could donate more food.

Butler won out, Stone said.

This year, she's hoping to surpass the 30,000-pound mark set in 2009.

She added that senior citizens tend to donate the most, with some of them making special shopping trips just for the food drive.

"They are our best supporters," she said.

The "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive originated out of Phoenix 20 years ago after a letter carrier there came up with the idea, Stone said. The drive was so successful, it expanded to 10 major cities and now takes place in all 50 states.

Last year, 70.2 million pounds of food were collected across the nation.

To make a donation, simply leave a bag of non-perishable food items next to where the mail is delivered. Containers will also be set up at the post offices on Johnson and Andy Devine avenues.

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