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Join San Antonio Mail Carrier and Food Bank to help the needy

A postman for 49 years, Burnie Miller has seen all kinds of people and neighborhoods in San Antonio and knows that not all live the same.

"There are many hungry people in this city, and we see a lot of people who do not have everything to live paycheck to paycheck," said Miller, a native of San Antonio.

His experience led the 78- One year old to work at the San Antonio Food Bank some 27 years ago, when it and a handful of other cities were just starting a small pilot program called "Stamp Out Hunger".

Now, the nationwide campaign that connects food banks with the US Post and the National Association of Letters Carriers Union is the country's largest one-day food ride. On Saturday, postal carriers throughout the city picked up the residents' food and took the bags to the 21 post offices or directly to the food bank.

"Postmen deliver rain, sleet and – we never really get snow here in San Antonio – but you know they defy all weathers to make sure we get all our packages," said Eric Cooper, CEO of San Antonio Food Bank.

"So it only makes sense to use their expertise and logistics, we can get food from residents, it's probably the easiest way to make a donation, you just put your non-perishables in front of your house and let the postmen do the rest . "

Last year's Stamp Out Hunger, which always took place on the second Saturday of May, yielded between 250,000 and 275,000 pounds of food. In honor of the three-hundredth year, Cooper said he hopes for at least £ 300,000 this year.

The Food Bank operates 16 counties in Southwest Texas, collaborating with 550 organizations, serving about 58,000 people each week. Saturday's food intake accounts for 3 percent of their total food volume, Cooper said. He said the organization spends only 2 percent of the overheads.

Peanut butter is the most requested commodity, followed by canned protein, rice or pasta and canned food. The non-profit organization seeks to provide its customers with a balanced diet that depends on products such as tomatoes and cauliflower and what Cooper calls "sometimes food", such as sweets and salty snacks. Malnourishment, Cooper said, is closely linked to poverty and food insecurity.

"If your body does not get the food it needs, it will always be hungry," Cooper said. "But we also believe that all food has value – a birthday cake should still be served on a birthday."

Forklifts rushed loudly through the cavernous space toward the cavernous room at San Antonio Food Bank on Saturday afternoon when semi-trailers pulled up tons of donated canned goods from local San Antonians. The staff blasted pop music for the event when Miller was waiting for a chance to help sort out the food. He volunteered on that day since the campaign began.

"If we have something, why do not we share it with someone who needs it?" He said.

Cooper said San Antonio was at its best "if it's sharing and caring."

"And that's the role that the food bank plays," he added. "We engage people in their most beautiful hour, and then they think less about themselves and more about others, and this is a place where we all want to live."

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