Postal workers give back to their communities

Postal workers across the country were giving back to their communities.

They put in some extra work on Saturday for the 22nd Annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) “Stamp out Hunger” food drive, an event that works to bring food to families in need.

Carriers volunteered their time to collect food donations from residents in their areas as they delivered mail along their postal routes.

Mason City mail carriers collected donations to bring to the Hawkeye Harvest food bank, something they’ve been doing for the past two decades.

“I believe that we are their single largest food drive for the year,” says NALC food drive coordinator Tom Teeter, “every year they need more and more help and we’re happy to help.”

Postal workers in southern Minnesota are also participating as letter carries in Austin spent their day on Saturday picking up donations around the community.

On average Austin says they bring in more than 10,000 pounds of food each year and Mason City averages anywhere from 15-20,000 pounds per year.

According to the NALC records, the national average for this one day of donations is 74,000 pounds of non-perishable foods being donated to the cause.

Bob Rosel, the Austin NALC food drive coordinator says that while the drive is always a success, which means that folks understand that there continues to be a need in their community.

“Our goal would be obviously that food insecurity would be eliminated, but that seems unlikely given our current economic situation.”

The food drive lasted throughout the day on Saturday, however food is always needed at local food banks.

To find out where you can donate food, visit

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