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This year, in Findlay, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, overseen by the local USPS AFL-CIO chapter, will enlist United Way of Hancock County’s help with coordinating volunteers for the effort. Up to 30 volunteers and volunteers with about 15 vehicles will be needed to assist the drivers with collecting donations throughout Findlay. Volunteers will be assigned to neighborhoods or regions in the community to drive through and pick up donations.

To donate food for the food drive, donors are asked to leave non-perishable food items in a plastic or paper bag by the home’s mailbox by 8 a.m. on May 13. Local letter carriers and volunteers will pick up the items. Donations can also be dropped off in the back parking lot of Great Scot on W. Main Cross on this same date from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m.

The food will be processed for safety by West Ohio Food Bank and then returned to the food pantries in Hancock County including CHOPIN Hall, Lutheran Social Services, City Mission and Salvation Army.

According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest food-relief organization, one out of nearly eight individuals in Hancock County can be identified as food insecure. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was initially formed to address the needs of food pantries who often receive their largest donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season. By the spring and summer, when school breakfasts and lunches are no longer available to students receiving assistance, these pantries would often be low on supply and high on demand.

For more information about either event, contact Heather Heilman at 4219-423-1432 or heather.heilman@uwhancock.org.