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      Mail carriers 'Stamp out Hunger' across northeast Missouri

      <p>The blue bags of food started rolling in early, and just before 11:00 a.m. they had already collected almost 1,000 pounds.</p>

      Mail carriers nationwide worked to â??Stamp out Hungerâ?? Saturday. The annual drive is the nation's largest food collection effort.

      Around a dozen communities in northeast Missouri participated, including Macon for the first time.

      The blue bags of food started rolling in early, and just before 11:00 a.m. they had already collected almost 1,000 pounds of food in Macon alone.

      Organizers were glad to see such a large response from the community.

      â??It feels great! I mean we had no expectations because we didn't know what to expect, and I don't think the letter carriers here knew what to expect and I think that they're thrilled and I'm really happy for them. I knew Macon would do a great job, the people here are wonderful,â?? said Susan Dublin, Regional Coordinator for the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

      Although Stamp out Hunger is a nationwide effort, all food collected Saturday will stay local.

      The food bank's goal was to raise 5,000 pounds of food this year. A complete total for the northeast region should be available by Monday.

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