Record amount of food collected

MARQUETTE — A record amount of food was collected in Marquette this year during the “Stamp Out Hunger” nationwide effort, according to local officials.

On May 13, as they delivered mail, Marquette postal workers collected food donations to help re-stock local food pantries. “Stamp Out Hunger” is a nation-wide effort by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United Way, although each location organizes its own efforts.

Larry Kuhn, of the Marquette Post Office, reported that a record amount of food was collected in Marquette this year, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

Although the weight of the food was not as great, there was more by volume, filling more bins than ever before, the release said. Kuhn attributes that to the fact that instead of mostly cans of food, people are providing lighter items in bags and boxes.

As the mail carriers brought the food back to the Post Offices, it was divided up and distributed to St. Vincent DePaul, Salvation Armies, Harbor House and Janzen House.

The need for food for all agencies has increased with economic conditions, and the agencies welcome food and monetary donations any time of year to help them serve a growing number of clients, the release said.

Letter carriers in Negaunee and Ishpeming and towns and cities all across the country participate in this collection. Nationwide, over a billion pounds of food have been collected through the efforts of the many local branches and the participation of residents.