Letter Carriers Food Drive: Food drive helps restock emergency food shelves


As part of the nation’s largest one-day food drive May 14, Minneapolis Letter Carriers picked up donated food items along their mail routes. Local donations to the 19th annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive” helped to restock Twin Cities’ emergency foodshelves supplied by Second Harvest Heartland.

The day involved more than 2,000 Letter Carriers working their routes in Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburbs. They were joined by other union volunteers and community volunteers stationed at selected Cub Foods stores, where the Letter Carriers brought their trucks. Volunteers there helped unload the mail trucks and place the donated food items in bins in waiting semi-trailers.

“Even in these tough times, it’s good to see people working together to help each other out,” said Mike Zagaros, president of Branch 9 of the National Association of Letter Carriers. “Everyone knows people out there are in need. People are trying to help meet that need.”

More than 530,000 pounds of food were collected in Minneapolis, Zagaros reported.

Unions adopting a Cub Foods site to help load the semi-trailers included Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1005, AFSCME Local 4001, AFSCME Local 2822, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Local 59, and Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation.

Cash donations to the Letter Carriers’ food drive may be made online at www.stampouthunger.2harvest.org.