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Letter carriers collect items for food banks

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by Danielle Wagner

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- Letter carriers across the country did more than just drop off your mail Saturday. It was the 17th Annual Letter Carrier Food Drive where postal workers picked up food left by your mailbox.

For the last 17 years, Jim Williamson has helped sort and box food items letter carriers and other street volunteers bring in from postal routes.

Williamson was a postal worker for 34 years before retiring.  Now, he always volunteers at the letter carrier food drive.

"The community's been real good about supporting us," Jim Williamson said.

Last year, between Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Evansdale, postal carriers collected 50,000 pounds of food.

This year, the goal is to fill at least one entire truck for the Northeast Iowa Food Bank in Waterloo.  It's a day of hard work but good work.

"We have the capacity to do it since we know the town and we're out there everyday. It's just a great thing to do," Dave Otting with the Cedar Falls Post Office said.

Otting said this time of year even more people rely on food banks.

"With school getting out a lot of the food bank customers are kids and without getting that school lunch during summer they really need extra food in their houses," Otting said.

It's not too late to donate food. Postal workers will still pick up food the week of May 11 if you leave it by your mailbox. You can also drop items off at the post office.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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