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Residents deliver in postal food drive

The 2019 spring Stamp Out Hunger food drive held Saturday in conjunction with the U.S. Postal Service brought in 184,120 pounds of food donations from across Albuquerque, Rio Rancho and Belen, outpacing last year’s spring drive, which tallied 169,784 pounds of food.

bright spotThe food drive is one of two held yearly – the other in the fall – in which residents in Albuquerque and in communities across the nation put out bags or boxes of non-perishable food items by their mail boxes for pickup at the regular time when USPS letter carriers deliver their mail.

The letter carriers bring the food to local post office branches, where staff and volunteers from Roadrunner Food Bank transfer the items to Roadrunner trucks for transport to the food bank’s warehouse and subsequent distribution statewide.

More than 10,000 communities across the country, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam participated in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

In New Mexico, the combined spring and summer food drives are the largest drives to benefit Roadrunner Food Bank, which feeds 70,000 people weekly through its network of about 500 pantries and meal sites around the state.

“It is truly an honor to receive this gift of food from our community. We are moved by the community’s generosity and involvement in our mission,” said Mag Strittmatter, president and CEO of Roadrunner. “Thank you for making a difference and thank you for being our partner in solving hunger in our state. To our friends at the United States Postal Service, what a phenomenal job you did on behalf of people struggling to put food on the table. Your hard work year after year is inspiring.”

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is in its 27th year.