Letter carriers to pick up donated food this Saturday

Letter carriers to pick up donated food this Saturday

Customers leave a donation of non-perishable goods next to their mailbox where the carrier collects it.

Saturday is the annual Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger, and while they deliver your mail they only ask that you do one thing.

This year marks the 26 year of the program, and collectively more than 1.5 billion pounds of food were collected since the inaugural event in 1993. CAC distributes three million pounds of food to more than 90 food pantries, meal sites and shelters in Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha counties. "We are hoping to beat a year ago, which was 156,000 pounds".

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Kevin Massey, a letter carrier for USPS, and his family took on his route for collecting food.

"It's a lot of food, but not almost enough", said Evelina Ramirez, a USPS media spokesperson in Los Angeles. Together the Green Bay area and its surrounding communities, including De Pere and Howard will collect a total of 200,000 pounds of food.

Southern California also accounted for two other areas in the Top 10 a year ago. All items collected by rural and city letter carriers will be given to the Wilson County Community Help Center. Partners in the endeavor include United Way, AARP Foundation and several other labor unions. Organizers say food items collected in the Quad Cities will be given to River Bend Food Bank.

Schenkelberg says food pantries see dwindling supplies in the springtime, but each year Green Bay's generosity seems to grow. "So its like, 'do I pay tuition or do I buy food?' So if we can provide the food and they can pay the tuition, then we give them a step up in life". Most needed items include: canned meats, meat-based soups, canned fruits, canned vegetables, peanut butter, rice and beans.