In absence of Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, Osceola, WI post office requests donations

For a second year in a row, Osceola will not participate in the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Part of a nationwide collection effort by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the drive is typically held the second Saturday in May.

Like last year, local carriers feel it has become too difficult to manage the collection alongside high volumes of mail including packages and advertisers.

“In an ideal situation we have one route and a sub for each route,” said mail carrier Sandy Hopkins. “In normal years the carriers would run their route and the sub would get the food. It’s an immense amount of food. We would bring in 2,000 or 3,000 pounds of food in one day. Now with all the packages and advertisers, we don’t have the room and the man power.”

For years, Stamp Out Hunger was the largest annual drive for Osceola’s food shelf, The Open Cupboard. Now, volunteers with the organization are wondering whether they’ll be able to make up for the loss.


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Wow, an office with a backbone !!
Thanks for being concerned for the carriers!
I’m sure the food will still be donated.