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Help the hungry Editor, The Sun: Saturday, May 13, marks the 25th anniversary of one of America's great days of giving - the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Letter carriers walk through the community every day, often coming face-to-face with a sad reality for too many - hunger. So each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers from across the country collect non-perishable food donations from their customers. These donations go directly to local food pantries to provide food to people in Versailles who need our help. Last year, we collected over 80 million pounds of food nationally, feeding an estimated 64 million people. Over the course of its 24-year history, the drive has collected 1.5 billion pounds of food, thanks to a postal service universal delivery network that spans the entire nation, including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The need for food donations is great. Currently, 49 million Americans - one in six - are unsure where their next meal is coming from. Thirteen million are children who feel hunger's impact on their overall health and ability to perform in school. More than five million seniors age 60 and over are food insecure, with many on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help. Our food drive's timing is critical. Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during holiday seasons. By spring, many pantries are depleted, entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need. Participating in the food drive is simple. Just leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday, May 13, and your letter carrier will do the rest. Please help us in our fight to end hunger as we celebrate our 25th anniversary year in America's great day of giving. James R. Smith Retired postal carrier Versailles Does he care? Editor, The Sun: U.S. Rep. Andy Barr seems to have a total and complete lack of empathy for his fellow humans. His vote for Trumpcare indicates that lack, because actions always speak the truth when they are different from words. If Congressman Barr believes in a God, which seems unlikely, how does he expect to be judged when it is clear he does not care about other humans? I challenge Mr. Barr to respond directly to The Woodford Sun explaining how he does have empathy. I challenge The Sun to publish his response. I don't expect Mr. Barr will choose to respond, since his lack of empathy is indefensible. I will take a no-response as his agreement that he has no empathy. Mark Strickland Frankfort

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