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Letter Carriers Seek Food Drive World Record

The 24th Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be held on Saturday, May 14, and the organization is hoping to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for a one-day food drive collected at multiple locations.

It hopes to beat its own record of 77.1 million pounds of nonperishable food collected in the 2011 drive. But, more importantly, the 2016 Letter Carrier Food Drive wants to continue the tradition of past food drives by helping those in need in their own communities.

This will be the 21st year that Sturgeon Bay mail carriers have been participating in the food drive to stock the shelves of local food pantries.

“I am overwhelmed by the great response we have had from the people in our community, as evidenced by the almost 18,000 pounds of food collected by Sturgeon Bay mail carriers last year. Last year there was roughly 12 tons of food collected throughout Door County,” said Darrell LeCloux, a Sturgeon Bay carrier who has coordinated the annual food drive since its beginning here.

Food collected by mail carriers in Sturgeon Bay will help stock the food pantries at Feed and Clothe My People and Lakeshore CAP, both located in Sturgeon Bay. Food collected by the Brussels and Forestville post offices will go to the food pantry at Holy Name of Mary Church in Maplewood. Northern Door post offices are collecting for The Door of Life Food Pantry in Sister Bay or Care 24/7 Food Pantry located at Stella Maris Parish in Fish Creek, and Washington Island collections will go to the Island Pantry.

“We depend on it and look forward to it every year,” said Estella Huff, operations manager of Feed and Clothe My People. “If we didn’t have this annual drive, we’d have to spend more of our cash from the thrift store. We do spend it anyway on certain items that don’t come in. If we didn’t get the post office collections, that would mean more money spent.”

She said soup is always a good donation item.

“You can make a dinner out of that if you have to,” Huff said. “Peanut butter and jelly is always in high demand because of children. The other thing we like to see for children is spaghetti and SpaghettiOs. Mayonnaise, because we have tuna and we like to put that in with that. Any kind of box meals that they can add a can of tuna to or ground beef.”

“We ask that all residents leave at least one nonperishable food item by or in their mailbox on May14 or a few days before to help make this drive a success and help feed the needy in this area,” LeCloux said. “We encourage residents to set out food donations by 9 am on May 14 so the volunteers can help postal employees expedite the food to the pantry. Lobby customers are encouraged to drop off food donations in the post office lobbies throughout Door County on or before May 14 as well. I wish to thank everyone in the community for their help in this very worthwhile cause.”

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