That included nearly 5,000 pounds of canned fruits and vegetables, items The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri requested this year as part of its foods to encourage initiative.

Hannibal-area residents donated more than 11,100 pounds of food during the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger.

That included nearly 5,000 pounds of canned fruits and vegetables, items The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri requested this year as part of its foods to encourage initiative.

“We were thrilled to see those healthier shelf-stable options in the donation bags this year,” said Lindsay Young Lopez, The Food Bank’s executive director. “We try to be mindful of the mix of both fresh and non-perishable goods we distribute to those who cannot always afford to put healthy options on the table.”

Food collected in Hannibal was distributed to Douglass Community Services, Salvation Army – Hannibal, Apostolic Holiness Church, Loaves and Fishes, Monroe City Food Pantry and Ralls County Food Pantry.

Additionally, Hannibal-area residents donated $3,281 to The Food Bank, funding that will allow the organization to purchase fresh foods including produce, meat and dairy items. Because of The Food Bank’s purchasing power, money raised here will allow The Food Bank to purchase and acquire $68,901 worth of groceries.

“Stamp Out Hunger is a national event that lets communities come together to help neighbors in need,” said Steve Yager, The Food Bank’s regional coordinator. “I am proud that the Hannibal community rallied to share food and bring hope again this year.”

Stamp Out Hunger began in 1992 and is the largest single-day food drive in the country. The drive brought in more than 132,500 pounds of food and $69,458 across The Food Bank’s 32-county service area.