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Update: Food collected for 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - The local Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive totals have been tallied and the group doubled its total from last year.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank and the National Association of Letter Carriers collected a total of 86,663 pounds of food this year, plus more than $6500 in donations.

Several local volunteers and mail carriers chipped in to help stock, donate, receive and deliver food to those in need. 

This nationwide effort is considered to be the largest one day food drive in the nation. 

Over the weekend the Chattanooga Area Food Drive collected non-perishable items; canned goods, peanut butter and dry rice.

"So many people are out of work.  They don't have enough to feed their family.  I think I am blessed and I should do whatever it takes to give back," says volunteer Missy Sackariansen.

Close to 50 million Americans are living at risk of hunger.  Food banks across the county have reported record topping numbers for emergency food assistance

Hamilton County ranks high on the list; 159,000 people are considered "food insecure," and 15,000 within that grand total are children.  

Twenty-seven percent of the population of Marion County, which includes 1,600 children, don't know where there next meal will come from.

Volunteers were encouraged to leave their donations near a mail delivery box.  Those items were then picked up and hand delivered by volunteers and mail carriers to family's in need.

Their goal this year is to collect 80,000 to 100,000 pounds of food. 

They are still tallying up all the donations and hope people will continue to donate past today.  To find out more - their website is ChatFoodBank.org.

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