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Stamp Out Hunger keeps postal carriers and volunteers busy with food collections

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Today mail carriers had an extra task collecting food donations as part of a national effort. Jayson Prissel, a USPS postal carrier, said, "I get to see it all and watch the truck fill up and every year it impresses me how it happens again."

For some, it’s another year of rounding up extra helpers to stamp out hunger. Ben Prissel, who is Jayson’s son and volunteering for the event, said, "It's just a fun time.” Jayson said, "I've got some good helpers here who have been helping me for the last 6, 7, 8 years and we got a good routine down. I just deliver the mail. They load the wagon, unload the wagon into the truck, and that's how we roll."

On Saturday, postal carriers went beyond making their rounds of collecting mail. Jayson said, "It's amazing just how many bags we pick up. We've picked up four, five bags of food from some houses and sometimes people's generosity amazes you."

Jayson’s nephew, Andrew prissel, has been volunteering for the last six years. "It really helps out alot of people in the community and I like to do it every year because it's fun,” Andrew said.

Food insecurity affects thousands of communities across the nation, including right here in the Chippewa Valley. Jeff Prissel has volunteered for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive and has seen the community’s need for it. "It's a big issue, I drive by some of the food pantries and I see the long lines that sits out there. So it is a problem. You know, if you can give, give.”

"Whether it's one food item, three, five, ten, it doesn't really matter how much you give. Every little bit helps and it will make you feel good to know that you helped the community and helped stamp out hunger for the Chippewa Valley," Jeff said.

Tina Dunn, the coordinator for the Chippewa Valley, said this is the first year monetary donations are accepted as part of the Stamp Out Hunger event. We'll update you with the total pounds of food donated from today's event on air and online when it's available. Last year, more than 57,000 pounds of food was donated between Eau Claire and Altoona.

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