Postal Carriers Collecting Food Donations Saturday

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If you missed out on Saturday's collection you can still drop off donations at your neighborhood post office.

Volunteers are needed Saturday for the largest food drive in Dane County.

"We tend to see that our donations, actual monetary and food donations tail off a little bit in the summer months", Wes Buchholz with Crosslines said.

With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, the National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 12.

Last year, the USPS says Wichita residents donated more than 117,000 pounds of food.

Letter carriers are collecting more than mail today.

"The 56,000 pounds of food that goes just to the east side pantries, they're doing the same thing on the west side and we split that up equally among all the church pantries and among the local pantries".

Photo Provided From left, Kerry Conger of Highmark West Virginia and Steve Talor of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 481 pose with 667 pounds of food collected by Highmark for the national Stamp Out Hunger food drive to benefit local food pantries. "We collect tons and tons of food every year".

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"It's a lot of food, but not almost enough", said Evelina Ramirez, a USPS media spokesperson in Los Angeles. "We are hoping to beat previous year, which was 156,000 pounds".

We ask that you find it in your heart to help the letter carriers. Partners in the endeavor include United Way, AARP Foundation and several other labor unions.

Near said previous year they collected more than 45,000 pounds of food.

There is a growing need for food assistance in Brown County.

Mail carriers with the post office not only picked up your mail, they picked up bags of food to make sure no family goes hungry in the area.

She also advises those donating items to stick to the basics, such as canned fruits and veggies, cereal, soups and pasta.

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