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Thursday, May 6, 2010

USPS Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is May 8!

The USPS "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive is this Saturday, May 8. Over the last 17 years, they've collected nearly a BILLION pounds of non-perishable food to donate to food banks across America, and they're hoping to pass the billion-pound mark this year.

While this may not be a freebie per se, it is a good thing to do, and you could consider it a free clutter-removal service. Just because you got eight cans of kidney beans on sale a year ago doesn't mean you're ever going to use them, and a streamlined pantry is a happy pantry. Take a look at your cabinets and see if you can't fill up a bag or two - then, just leave it next to your mailbox, and your postal worker will collect the food and take it back to the post office, where it will be sorted and delivered to a local food bank.

Remember, though, if you want to donate money to a food bank, it's better to give them cash directly than to buy food yourself at retail prices - they can get more for the $$$ buying in bulk than you can at the store. This is a great opportunity to unload food you already have and won't use, though!

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