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More than a billion pounds of food collected through 'Stamp Out Hunger'

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Food collected for charities in the mail carriers annual food drive has passed a billion pounds.

The National Association of Letter Carriers said results from just over 400 union branches across the country show last Saturday's "Stamp Out Hunger" drive collected 19.7 million pounds of food for donation to local food banks.

That means that in the 18 years it has been operating the mail carriers have collected more than 1 billion pounds of food.

And nearly 1,000 locals have yet to report on this year's collection.

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