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Postal food drive returns Saturday

Mail carriers spend most of their time delivering, but as they make their rounds Saturday they hope to do more than a little picking up.

Carriers in Farmington and Rosemount will join postal workers nationwide this weekend for the post office’s annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. As they drop off letters and packages, they will gather up donations of non-perishable food left by residents.

Donations were down some last year in Farmington due to rainy weather. Mail carriers collected 6,350 pounds of food in the city. The year before, they collected 6,760 pounds. Their biggest year in recent memory was 2010, when they collected 7,731 pounds.

“We’d sure like to see it over 7,000 pounds if we could,” Farmington mail carrier Shane Hoff said.

The food drive is extra work for mail carriers. Most in Farmington have trucks, but a few have walking routes and have to find ways to get everything back to the post office.

“Some of those mail trucks come back really loaded down,” Hoff said. “It’s like Christmas.”

Hoff doesn’t mind the extra carrying, though. After an especially cold winter he knows there are people out there who could use some extra help. All food collected will go to local food shelves.

“I think it’s pretty cool,” Hoff said. “I feel good doing it.”

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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