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“Help stamp out hunger” on Saturday, May 11, during the 27th annual National Letter Carrier’s (NALC) Food Drive. The NALC, in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service, will collect nonperishable food throughout the nation. With 1.7 billion pounds of food donations already collected since the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive began in 1993, and more than 72 million pounds picked up last year alone, branches throughout the country are planning on another successful effort. This is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Gettysburg Post Office collects anywhere from 3,000 to 10,000 pounds of nonperishable food each year, depending on the weather and generosity of the Gettysburg residents. Let’s make this a 10,000-pound year.

There are two ways you can help. The first way to help “stamp out hunger” is to donate nonperishable food items. On the morning of Saturday, May 11, before your carrier arrives, put your donations in a plastic bag and hang it from your mailbox. If you don’t live in the Gettysburg zip code, be sure to check with your post office to see if they are participating. The donations will be distributed to area food pantries, shelters and other food programs serving that zip code.

The second way you can help “stamp out hunger” is to volunteer on Saturday, May 11, from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Gettysburg Times building to help set-up and sort the food collected by the Gettysburg Post Office carriers. You can work a few hours or all afternoon. It’s fun, it’s easy, and it is family-friendly.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 25, 7 a.m. to noon at Gettysburg College Field House for United Way of Adams County’s 16th annual “Gettysburg United ~ Give It Up For Good Sale.” We’ll be selling thousands of new and used items donated by students and Gettysburg College. Great way to buy great stuff cheap. All proceeds benefit United Way’s Community Impact Fund.

Last year the project took 200 volunteers working 800 hours to collect and sort a record-breaking 36 tons of stuff which raised $23,500. We need volunteer dumpster “diverters” on Friday, May 10, 12-3 p.m., and 3-6p.m.; and on Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 2-6 p.m. Diverters make sure students, in their hurry to get off campus, don’t throw away good stuff. Volunteers work in teams of two for three or four hours shifts. So, if you don’t want to help sort food on May 11, you can do “dumpster duty.” We’ll begin sorting in the field house on May 13 in preparation for the sale. If you volunteer four hours (or work a three-hour dumpster diverter shift), you will receive a free “Early Bird” pass and special entrance to the sale. Youth volunteers earn a “Volunteer Buck” to use at the sale for each hour they volunteer.

Great things happen when we unite to “stamp out hunger” and “give it up for good.” To volunteer to help Stamp Out Hunger or Give It Up For Good, call United Way of Adams County at (717) 334-5809 or send an e-mail to emessinger@uwadams.org.

Vickie Corbett is the executive director of United Way of Adams County.

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