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Letter: 'Stamp' food drive collects 13,500 lbs.

TO THE EDITOR: The Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County appreciates the mail carriers and residents of Pierce County for participating in the May 12 Letter Carrier's National "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive.

Mail carriers left donation bags and information at residences, and a few days later they picked up donations. These donations required additional lifting by mail carriers, over 13,500 pounds to Pierce County food pantries.

Donations by Post Office: Bay City, 409 pounds; Hager City, 1,000; Ellsworth, 2,082; Elmwood, 1,813; Plum City, 730; Prescott, 1,500; River Falls, 5,270; and Spring Valley, 1,587

This year was the 20th annual National Association of Letter Carrier's Food Drive, billed as the largest one-day food drive in the nation. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is a nationwide effort to provide food to local food banks and pantries that would otherwise have depleted stocks during the summer months.

Summers are a hardship to families whose children are no longer receiving the free or reduced priced school breakfast and lunch program. Food pantries notice an increase in families with children over the summer months.

Pierce County Food Pantries are located in Ellsworth, Elmwood, Plum City, Prescott, River Falls and Spring Valley. Days and hours vary. Bay City Mobile Food Pantry is open the 4th Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

A utility or phone bill is needed on the first visit to any pantry to verify address. For more information or to volunteer, call 273-6781, est. 6662 or your local food pantry.