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Update: The United Way of the Quad Cities says a total of 99,640 pounds of food was collected during the event.

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The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is an annual event aimed at feeding the hungry across the country and in our own community. It's also a twenty year tradition encouraging neighbors to donate non-perishable food just by leaving it at the mailbox. Last year, this food drive collected over 60,000 pounds of food, but this year the goal was increased to 100,000 pounds. Organizers say they don't think reaching that goal is impossible because of the outpouring of support from the community that they've seen so far.

"One can can certainly help feed a family or couple or a few children. this is a huge potential to help thousands of people," said the Vice President of Marketing with United Way.

Right now, one in five children in our community is considered at risk for hunger. That's a number Jenny Parvin with United Way says can be changed by a simple donation.

"The food bank usually gets a lot of donations in the fall.  It's a great time to refill the food bank. especially with the issue of summer meals coming up. a lot of children are out of school in the summer. they need a place to go get food," said Parvin.

Congressman Dave Loebsack agrees and says he volunteers with this food drive every year and understands how big of an impact these donations can have on a community.

"We're only now coming out of the great recession so there are a lot of folks that are very hungry and food banks around the country have been struggling to keep up with that demand and that need out there," said Loebsack.

It's a need some families say they can identify with, which is why they're donating today.

"When I first moved here received my turkey, Thanksgiving and Christmas, because on limited income, you've got to have help," said donor Kathy Hunley.

"We gave spaghetti-o's, pizza sauce, mac and cheese, a variety of things we thought would help," said donor Cheryl Johannsen. " I feel blessed with what we have. so i just want to give to those that need."

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