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Stamp Out Hunger

Want to help the area’s hungry? This Saturday, it will be easier than ever. This will be the 19th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive. So, if you received a postcard or a blue plastic bag in your mailbox, you can leave nonperishable goods Saturday. They will be donated to the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

If you didn’t get a postcard or a bag, you can still participate. Drop off your donations at area post offices.

Locally, this is the biggest food drive each year for the food bank. And it comes just in time: Demand always increases during the summer. Kids are out of school and families who rely on free or reduced meals no longer receive that help. So they turn to the 75 member agencies which partner with the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank.

Last year’s drive netted 36,187 pounds of food. Organizer Paula Schenemann hopes to do even better this year.

And if putting food in your mailbox isn’t easy enough, here’s an easier way to help: Simply text FEEDFRED to 85944 and your $10 donation will  provide 40 meals for the area’s hungry.

And if all of that is TOO easy, then you can work a little bit harder next weekend, at the Family Fun 5k Run on May 21. The race starts at the corner of Sophia and Amelia streets in Fredericksburg. Registration begins at 6 a.m. and the race at 7. The price to race is nonperishable food for the food bank. To preregister, click here.  For details, email The annual race is sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and serves as an Eagle Project for a local Scout.