Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday!

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There is a big push going on this weekend to help people in our community who are hungry.

The annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive is happening Saturday.

You can fill up a bag or box with non-perishable food items and put them next to your mailbox.

Letter carriers will be collecting the food donations when they deliver the mail.

Care and Share is also getting involved to help distribute the donations to the people in the community who really need them.

"One in six Southern Coloradans are food insecure meaning they don't know where their next meal is coming from and currently Care and Share is only reaching 104,000 of them. So we're still needing to reach about 60,000 people in our area who need food assistance," said Shannon Coker, the Marketing and Communications Director for Care and Share.

This is the largest one-day food drive; Care and Share is expecting to get between 75,000 and 85,000 pounds of food in one day.

The food drive is especially important this time of year because there are kids in the community who are on the verge of going with out food.

Coker tells 11 News that's because school will soon let out for the summer.

"We're on the cusp of the summer season and we know that the children who are in school receiving free and reduced breakfasts and lunches, they're getting ready to get out of school and that means they're going to be relying on Care and Share for summer meals," said Coker.

Coker tells 11 News every donation will make a big difference. Just make sure to get the donations out early in the day before the letter carriers start making their rounds.