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New effort to stamp out hunger

The letter carriers of Brooklyn, in conjunction with the United States Postal Service, are joining forces with the 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 9, marking the nation’s largest single−day food drive.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the kickoff of Brooklyn’s Stamp Out Hunger! effort at Borough Hall. Joining him were Áine Duggan, VP of Research, Policy and Education for the Food Bank For New York City; Vito J. Cetta, USPS Triboro district manager⁄executive−in−charge; Joseph Chiossone, postmaster, Brooklyn; Angelo Mangano, president, Branch 41, NALC; Brooklyn letter carriers, and a special appearance by members of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters — Hot Shot Branch and Apollo Fraser — who are supporting Stamp Out Hunger! Together, they made the first donation of food items to Brooklyn residents in need.

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.

There are 320 emergency food programs in Brooklyn — 31 percent of the approximately 1,026 emergency food programs in New York City. You can also donate by the click of your mouse. Just log on to www.helpstampouthunger.com.

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