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Letter carriers collect food donations


Letter carriers across the country spent Saturday collecting non-perishable food as part of the 20th annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.

Residents left food next to their mailboxes prior to the time of mail delivery, and the food items were distributed to area food banks.

"Everybody cares about people and they want to help when they can," said postman Dave Hansen.

Hansen said about one-third of his route left food donations.

Items collected in Waterloo will be distributed to the Northeast Iowa Food Bank, St. Vincent DePaul and the Salvation Army in Black Hawk County.

Mike Lind with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank said the event is the largest single-day food drive in the country.

"In the Cedar Valley, the Northeast Iowa Food Bank benefits from the efforts of letter carriers to the tune of over 40,000 pounds each year," Lind said in a statement.

Hansen said if folks forgot to leave their donations by their mailbox on Saturday, postal carriers will still pick them up on Monday or Tuesday.

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