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New effort to stamp out hunger pains in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall.

The letter carriers of Brooklyn, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, have joined forces with Food Bank for New York City as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ (NALC) Stamp Out Hunger! food drive effort.

The food drive will culminate May 10, which will mark the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

Throughout the week, everyone can help Stamp Out Hunger! in Brooklyn, by making a delivery of non-perishable food items such as canned meats and fish, canned soup, juice, pasta, vegetables, cereal and rice at your local post office.

All food donations will be repacked by the Food Bank and redistributed to community and emergency food programs to help families in need. You can also donate by logging on to www.secondharvest.org/stampouthunger and participating in an interactive Virtual Food Drive. All donations will benefit the Food Bank for New York City and City Harvest.

“The rising cost of food means too many of our fellow New Yorkers have difficulty getting the food they need,” said Markowitz. “Brooklyn has more soup kitchens and food pantries than any other borough in New York City, because we have great need, but it also shows that Brooklynites care about the issue of hunger. I am proud to join with the National Association of Letter Carriers and Food Bank for New York City to ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ and work toward the day when no Brooklynite or New Yorker goes hungry.”

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