100,000 lbs. of food collected during postal workers drive

Published On: May 20 2013 11:34:28 PM CDT   Updated On: May 21 2013 08:01:04 AM CDT

100,00 lbs. of food is on the shelves of local food pantries thanks to the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive.

Postal workers throughout the nation delivered mail and picked up bags filled with food donations. It's the largest one-day food drive in the U.S.

One organization getting help is WAFER in La Crosse. It received nearly 14,000 lbs. of food, which is more than last year.

The executive director says it's a tremendous help for an ever-growing need, and also offers a wider selection on WAFER's shelves. "When we purchase food, it's in large quantities, and so it's all the same, cause we get a really great price on it, like all green beans, or all corn, but with a food drive, we get a variety of food items, so our clients get something different for a change," said Erin Waldhart.

WAFER goes through about 100,000 lbs. of food a month.

The organization is always looking for food and monetary donations at its site on Causeway Boulevard, just off of Copeland Avenue.