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Letter: Commends mail carriers, residents for food drive

The Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County sends a huge appreciation to the mail carriers and residents of Pierce County for participating in the May 11 Letter Carriers' National "Stamp Out Hunger" Food Drive.

Mail carriers left donation bags and information at residences and a few days later they picked up donations left by you - the residents. These donations required additional lifting by mail carriers, almost 13,500 pounds to Pierce County food pantries. Donations by post office were:

--Ellsworth, 2,299;

--Elmwood, 1,061;

--Maiden Rock, 433;

--Plum City, 197;

--Prescott, 1,500;

--River Falls, 6,400;

--Spring Valley, 1,600.

This year was the 21st 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 fourth Thursdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and is currently looking for a new volunteer coordinator. For more information or to volunteer, call 273-6781, x6662, or your local food pantry. Or check out the newly updated Hunger Prevention Council of Pierce County website:

Once again, appreciation to the mail carriers and residents of Pierce County. Together we can and do make a difference.