Postal Workers Aim To Stamp Out Hunger

By Samantha Smith, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Postal workers in the metro area are collecting donations Saturday as part of the 19th annual National Association of Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

“The need for food has never been higher. One in ten families are wondering where their next meal will come from” said Mike Zagaros, president of the Branch 9 Letter Carriers of Minneapolis.

“It’s not the holidays, it’s not cold so the idea of donating to the food shelf is kind of put on the back burner, people aren’t thinking about it. So it’s a good time for us to restock the food shelves this time of year,” said Samantha Hartwig, a letter carrier and coordinator for the food drive.

The goal this year is to raise 1.3 million pounds of food.

“That’s fifty semi truck loads full of food,” said Mike Potter, the director of operations for Second Harvest Heartland.

Donations of non-perishable food items should be placed in the blue grocery bags delivered this week and placed by your mailbox, or dropped off at area Cub Foods locations.

  • Just wondering

    So, are these Postal workers being paid to collect and handle all this food? Why? While charity is an admirable thing to do, should our public servants really be spending tax payer money (or postal customer paid postage if you’d prefer to argue that the post office is not funded by taxes) doing charitable work? Maybe this kind of charity should be left up to volunteer organizations like the Boy Scouts and the Postal workers should focus on delivering the mail and reducing the cost of operating the postal service. Of course they could always donate their pay for the day, or even volunteer their time away from work to collect and distribute food for charity. Just saying…

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