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Parsons High School junior Libby Hizey hands senior Jarett Taylor a tote full of canned food to load into a U.S. Postal Service truck Thursday in front of the school. PHS challenged Oswego High School in the Battle of the Cans for the 20th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive organized by the National Association of Letter Carriers. OHS won the challenge by donating 289 pounds of food. PHS donated 188 pounds of food. Garfield School donated 95 pounds. “I always like to get kids involved in our food drive. Hopefully, they will learn there is always someone less fortunate than you. I want kids to realize they can help and make a difference,” letter carrier Caroline Peters said. Postal patrons wanting to donate food can put non-perishable items on, in or near their mailboxes, preferably in grocery bags, before their mail arrives on Saturday. All of the food will be donated to the Labette Emergency Assistance Center food bank to be distributed to people in need in the county. The local drive collects an average of about 4,000 pounds of food a year for the LEAC pantry and is the center’s biggest source of food.