Ocracokes Postmaster Celeste Brooks adds donations to the Stamp Out Hunger collection box inside the Ocracoke post office. The building is open 24 hours daily. Photo: C. Leinbach

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Islanders and visitors wishing to help the needy on Ocracoke have the opportunity to do so during the U.S. Postal Service’s 25th Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the nation collect non-perishable food donations.

Since Ocracoke does not have home postal delivery, Ocracoke Postmaster Celeste Brooks set up the box on Wednesday, which is earlier than the nationally designated day of May 13.

The box will remain in the post office until May 14, she said.

All items will help to stock the Bread of Life Food Pantry in the Ocracoke Assembly of God Church on Lighthouse Road.

In previous year’s collections, donated food items went up the beach, but this year they will remain on the island, Brooks said.

“This is to benefit our community,” she said.  “Just one can from everybody. What a difference that would make.”

The Bread of Life is open from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and is available to anyone in need, said AOG Pastor Ivey Belch.

The Ocracoke post office