Postal Carriers Stamp Out Hunger

8 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, May 14 2011 May 14, 2011 Saturday, May 14, 2011 3:26:00 PM CDT May 14, 2011 in News
By: Allie Spillyards

COLUMBIA - Rural and city letter carriers in Columbia collected food Saturday as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.

Postal workers collected canned goods and other non-perishable items along their daily routes. According to Acting Postmaster Mark Rask, they were able to take on the extra task with little time added to their day.

The food drive is an annual event that the Columbia Postal Service has participated in for years.

"Last year they collected about 50,000 pounds of food which is about 37,000 meals. This year our goal is the same," said Rask.

About 100 volunteers helped unload the postal trucks and sort and box the food. They came from all around the community including Stephens College and local churches. The food was then loaded on semi-trucks to be transported to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

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