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Stamp out Hunger seeks to set record

Estherville postal workers hoping to top 3,000 pounds of food for UDMO pantry

May 7, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

By Amy H. Peterson

Staff Writer

Estherville postal worker Mike Nieland said the Estherville Post Office has raised its goal from 2,900 pounds of food collected in 2017 to 3,100 for 2018.

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It's all part of the National Association of Letter Carrier's Stamp out Hunger program. It happens Saturday, May 12.

Nieland said, "Carriers will be delivering yellow bags to put food in."

Starting Monday, May 7, the Estherville Post Office will have a collection area in the lobby for anyone who might be away May 12.

Nieland said, "We will have volunteers helping pick up food on the day of the food drive. Don't be worried if someone other than carriers approach your mailbox to pick up food."

Ruby Gomez from Upper Des Moines Opportunity sent a list of food the pantry is particularly needing: peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce, dry pasta noodles, pasta dinners, tuna, cereal, canned fruit & vegetables, oatmeal and pancake mix.

Gomez said, "We gladly take any food donations; really the only thing we ask is no expired foods please."

Postal customers should place food in yellow bags and place the bags by the mailbox on Saturday, May 12.

Stamp Out Hunger is a national effort in partnership with the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, Valpak, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, and Valassis.

UFCW President Marc Perrone said, "Helping feed America's hungry is a mission we are proud to share in, and by participating in the Letter Carriers' Stamp out Hunger food drive, we can give American families wholesome, nutritious food. It is a crucial step to creating the better America we all believe in.

Nieland said he wanted to stress that all food collected in Estherville stays local and will be delivered to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Pantry.

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