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Letter carriers fight hunger

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KWWL (IOWA CITY)--  This isn't your average mail route.

Letter carriers in Iowa City had their hands full Saturday, collecting more than their normal load of outgoing mail.

"You kind of get excited when you get to the door and you see all the pile of food,"  Barb Sisley, a retired letter carrier and event coordinator said.

It's part of the largest single day food drive in the nation---called Stamp Out Hunger.

In Johnson County, there's a great need for these donated non-perishable food items.

"It's been a lot of increased need, so far the community has been pretty good about keeping up their support but we know eventually that's going to get a lot harder," Sarah Benson Witry, with the Johnson County Crisis Center, said.

After 2008's epic flood and the recent economic recession, Johnson County residents have seen more than a 25 percent increase in need for the center's services.  The crisis center is trying to keep up with rising costs and the need from its 14 thousand visitors it sees every year.

"They're struggling in a lot of ways, getting jobs, getting jobs that will find them enough income, all those things are issues for the families we're seeing," Benson Witry said.

The challenging times also mean donations are more difficult to come by, making Saturday's effort by letter carriers and volunteers so important.

It just gives you a good feeling and it's filling a need and just giving back to my community that I've lived in for 30 years," Sisley said.

No this isn't your average mail route.  Nor is it your average food drive.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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