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Post office food drive is Saturday

Mail carriers in Farmington and Rosemount hope to do a little more heavy lifting than usual on Saturday, and more picking up than they do in a typical day.

Saturday is the 21st edition of the national letter carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. In addition to dropping off mail, carriers will spend their day picking up food donations left by residents.

Residents should get paper grocery bags and more information about the drive in their mail this week.

Farmington mail carrier Shane Hoff said the idea behind the food drive makes a lot of sense. No organization reaches as much of a community on a regular basis as the post office does. They're already there dropping off mail, so collecting food is just a matter of getting things back to their trucks.

Residents are usually generous, too. There is the occasional odd donation -- a single bottle of Tab cola, for example -- but those are the exception rather than the rule. The drive brings in thousands of pounds of food each year.

"Some people fill their truck," Hoff said.

All food collected in Farmington and Rosemount will go to local food shelves run by 360 Communities.

"We usually get volunteers that come and help take it from the carriers at the post office to the food shelf," said Bruce Lorentz, Rosemount's postmaster. "We don't actually hear from the people receiving the food, but we assume it's going to good, deserving people."

Residents can leave food donations by their mailbox or drop them off at the post office.

Hoisting all those cans might make for some sore backs, but Hoff said postal workers are happy to help.

"It's fun," he said. "It really is fun and we know we're helping people."

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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