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Stamp Out Hunger drive receives tons of food

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The National Association of Letter Carriers wanted the public's help to feed the hungry.

It's part of the National Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. On Saturday, letter carriers and volunteers drove their route and picked up food for the hungry. You could leave canned goods and non-perishable items near your mailbox.  Postal workers picked up the items, then dropped them off at collection sites.  From there, the items will get sorted and distributed to local food pantries.

Last year more than 100,000 pounds of food was donated locally.

Tim Griffin, the NALC Food Drive Coordinator, said  "This is our way of giving back to the local community. It's once a year and we really try hard to make it work."

La Crosse Mail Carrier Matt Sheehy has helped with the food drive for the last 11 years. He said he is impressed with how generous people are. "What I think is really neat is a lot of the people who utilize the food pantry are just down on their luck kind of in a transition period, I think it kind of hits everyone at some point in their life and this bridges the gap a little bit", said Sheehy.

This is the 22nd year of the food drive. The local AFL-CIO chapter and the Great Rivers United Way help organize the drive.

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