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Monroe helps 'Stamp Out' hunger
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From Dawn ObermannMonroe postmasterEvery second Saturday in May, letter carriers across America deliver much more than mail when they walk and drive along their postal routes. They also collect the goodness and compassion of their United States Postal Service customers who participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive - the largest one-day food drive in the nation, and probably the world.The effort by city letter carriers, rural letter carriers, other Postal Service employees and numerous other volunteers has resulted in delivery of over 1 billion pounds of donations to community food banks and pantries over the past 18 years.The USDA released some startling statistics Nov. 16, 2009, which shocked the entire hunger relief community. Its annual study of hunger in America indicates the number of people living in the margins of hunger, struggling to make ends meet and put food on the table, has increased from 35.5 million to more than 49.1 million people.