Blue bags and cardboard boxes full of food were out on front lawns Saturday morning as a way to fight hunger in the Chippewa Valley.
Stamp Out Hunger, an annual collection organized by the United States Postal Service, is the country's largest single-day food drive. Residents were encouraged to leave non-perishable, non-breakable and non-expired food at their mailboxes.
On Saturday morning, volunteers and letter carriers took to their routes for pick-up and thank yous. This year, they're hoping to break their record of collected food.
"It has increased every year, or stayed steady," said Corey Grotte, a local Stamp Out Hunger coordinator. "But we have never decreased. So that's a good thing. We are hoping to beat last year, which was 156,000 pounds."
Kevin Massey, a letter carrier for USPS, and his family took on his route for collecting food. Laurel Massey, Kevin's daughter, jumped out of the van at every stop to collect blue bags and leave thank you notes. Out of the 700 stops Kevin and his family made, about one-third had food to share.
"I think it's really important because there are a lot of people who are hungry in the community," said Laurel. "I've done it for a couple years, and it's kind of fun."
The collected food was delivered to St. Francis Food Pantry in Eau Claire. Stamp Out Hunger started 26 years ago, and organizers look forward to 26 more years.
For more information on how to donate to Stamp Out Hunger visit their website.