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"Stamp Out Hunger" provides food to those in need

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

It came at just the right time.

"Stamp out Hunger", the nation's largest single-day food drive kicked off Saturday, with thousands of tri-state residents leaving food at their doorsteps that will go to local food pantries.

Donations from the campaign were handed out Monday to local food pantries, with a goal of beating last year's 18,000 pounds of food.

Workers at Adams County food pantries are reporting higher-than-ever uses of their services and say, the donations are going to good use.

Saturday wasn't mail carrier Kevin Hochgraber's typical Saturday route. Along with dropping off mail, he was picking up bag after bag of food that residents set out for today's "Stamp Out Hunger Campaign."

Donations were so generous that Hochgraber had to enlist the family mini-van to help hold it all.

"I'm glad we meet the need that needs to be met for our Quincy community and helping the families out,"said Hochgraber.

Some of the food collected Saturday will go to Quincy's Madonna House where Alyn Johnson and her 1-year-old son Aaron have been staying for a week.

Johnson says without this much needed help from the community she doesn't know where she'd be.

"Sometimes I don't know if I'll be able to afford things, it helps out a lot," said Johnson.

Joanne Dedert the Executive director of the Madonna House says the Stamp Out Hunger campaign is one of their biggest donations of the year, and it's coming at the perfect time.

"Last month the month of April we had 120 extra families come through our food pantry than normal," said Dedert.

And when Johnson heard just how many people donated food Saturday, she said she wasn't surprised - she says it's just the way this community is.

"I know people have good hearts," said Johnson.

Dedert says if you didn't get the chance to put food out on your doorstep today and would still like to donate food to the Madonna House, you can drop non-perishable food items off during regular business hours.

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