Beebe lends name to effort to combat hunger

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Anti-hunger organizations are getting ready for the nation's most expansive food drive.

The "Stamp Out Hunger" drive is set for Saturday, and Gov. Mike Beebe is holding an event at the Arkansas Capitol at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to promote the food collection.

Letter carriers on their regular routes Saturday are to pick up food left by mailboxes.

The effort is the largest 1-day food drive in the nation. Officials say "Stamp Out Hunger" has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food.

This year, 7,000 grocery bags were distributed around Arkansas to encourage people to give.

The drive's sponsor is the group Feeding America. It helps supply six food banks in the state, including the Arkansas Foodbank.

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