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Stamp Out Hunger food drive brings in 57,000 pounds locally

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Mail carriers in the Eau Claire area picked up food this weekend, as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

 

 

Across Eau Claire and Altoona more than 57,000 pounds of food was donated. That's impressive, but is about 6,000 less than what was collected last year. However, last year's weather was also much better than this past weekend. Postal workers teamed up with The United Way to collect the food. The Postal Service did try and leave thank-you letters, but says several had been blown away by the wind.


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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Mail carriers had an extra task Saturday, collecting food donations for those in need as part of a national effort. 

This is the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, which has grown to become the largest single day food drive in the United States. Last year, donations totaled about 152,000 pounds just between Eau Claire and Altoona. The United States Postal Service teams up with the United Way to collect donations, which are then given to local food pantries in need of a boost before the summer.

"This time of year is especially is hard, the food pantries are emptying out from their Christmas donations and what they've received towards the end of last year. So this time of year is especially important to fill those up again, because students are being released from school, so they don't have the supplemental food programs that the schools provide," said Tina Dunn, Eau Claire Stamp Out Hunger Coordinator.

All of the food collected in our area Saturday will be brought down to either St. Francis or Feed My People food bank in Eau Claire. 

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