Donations from ‘Stamp Out Hunger’ drive come at right time

More than 60,000 lbs. of food donations counted so far

More than 60,000 lbs. of food donations is already helping an area food pantry. 

It’s all thanks to the annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive held over the weekend. 

Postal workers throughout the area spent their Saturday delivering mail and picking up bags filled with food donations.

Once all the donations are counted, organizers expect the total to be about 125,000 lbs.

The donations are given to food pantries in the cities where the food was collected.

Organizers say the donations couldn’t come at a better time.

“The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive comes at a time where families are going into the summer months, and 30 to 65 percent of kids are on free and reduced lunch for school so this makes it a lot harder for the families during the summer months,” said Jamie Korn for the Great River’s United Way.

The food drive is the largest one-day food drive in the nation.