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Mail carriers collect for food shelf

Posted: May 14, 2013 - 4:44pm
Nisswa mail carriers collected 1,733 pounds of food for the Lakes Area Food Shelf as part of the Stamp Out Hunger campaign. The food was placed in blue bags by mailboxes Saturday, May 11. From left is Gary Hasse, of the food shelf, and mail carriers Fay Rathman, Mary Cole, Jodi Savage, Tom Schreier, Rona Popowitz and Dean Maier. Not pictured, but also a part of the campaign, are Darla Carter, John Derkson, Sheila Ebinger, Dick Rathman and Scott Popowitz. Pequot carriers also collected 465 pounds of food in the campaign. Photo by Kate Perkins
Nisswa mail carriers collected 1,733 pounds of food for the Lakes Area Food Shelf as part of the Stamp Out Hunger campaign. The food was placed in blue bags by mailboxes Saturday, May 11. From left is Gary Hasse, of the food shelf, and mail carriers Fay Rathman, Mary Cole, Jodi Savage, Tom Schreier, Rona Popowitz and Dean Maier. Not pictured, but also a part of the campaign, are Darla Carter, John Derkson, Sheila Ebinger, Dick Rathman and Scott Popowitz. Pequot carriers also collected 465 pounds of food in the campaign. Photo by Kate Perkins

Blue bags full of food donations sat alongside mailboxes Saturday, May 11, and were collected by mail carriers across the country, including the Nisswa and Pequot Lakes rural mail carriers.

Only urban mail carriers were required to participate in the nation-wide effort, but Nisswa and Pequot Lakes carriers voluntarily took up the effort, with the communities donating 2,232 pounds of food for the Lakes Area Food Shelf.

Nisswa carriers collected 1,767 pounds of food, and Pequot carriers collected 465 pounds of food, as well as $40 in cash donations.

In Nisswa, spouses also helped with the effort. Mail carriers’ trucks quickly filled with food, and they gathered the food for transport in their personal vehicles.

Don Messick, food shelf board member, said the Lakes Area Food Shelf gives out 20,000 to 25,000 pounds of food a month and spends about $150,000 a year. The donated food will be off the shelf and into homes quickly, but Messick said every little bit helps.

“We appreciate every dollar and every ounce,” Messick said.

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