30th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive returns today; How you can help:

DAYTON — Today the 30th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will kick off here in the Miami Valley.

The food drive is a partnership between the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Foodbank Inc., and over the course of its 30 years, the food drive has collected almost two billion pounds of food for the community.

The Foodbank helps more than 100,000 people in the area, including more than 30,000 children.

News Center 7 Kayla McDermott spoke with Lee Lauren Truesdale, the Chief Development Officer of the food bank, and she went into detail about how much food they received in past years.

“We collect anywhere from 100,000 to 200,000 pounds of food. It’s a great way to get back directly in your community and impacting people that you live right by your neighbors in need,” Truesdale said.

Participants can donate by gathering canned goods and leaving them at their mailbox for mail carriers to pick them up today.

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Mail carriers take your donations as they make their rounds, and then they’ll drop them off at The Foodbank Inc.

Kayla also talked to Lisa Cordes, a local mail carrier and chairperson for the food drive, and she broke down how it’ll work.

“We are in the neighborhood six, sometimes seven days a week, and we see the need, so we know there’s a great need, and, you know, help the people that we’re delivering mail to every day,” said Cordes.