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US Postal Workers Picking Up Food Saturday

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. postal workers across Minnesota and the rest of the country will collect non-perishable food Saturday as part of an effort to fight hunger.

The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding its 19th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Last year’s drive brought in nearly 1.8 million pounds in Minnesota and 77 million pounds nationwide.

Mike Zagaros is president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 9 in Minneapolis. He tells Minnesota Public Radio News that postal workers do this every year because they see people are struggling.

Organizers are asking people to put non-perishable foods — such as canned soup or pasta — in a bag near the mailbox. The food will go to food banks or food shelves in Minnesota.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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