More than 2,400 food items were collected locally in the U.S. postal carrier’s annual food drive.
The Manawa Area Community Food Pantry received about 1,940 items from the Manawa area and 494 items from the Ogdensburg area.
All of the collected items will be distributed locally to people in need.
“We appreciate the generosity of the community and the U.S. postal workers’ support for the food drive,” said Wanda Ohare, president of the MAC Food Pantry.
“We are very pleased with the turnout we had,” said Manawa Postmaster Jackie Badalik. “The postal workers are very happy to be able to help the needy in our community.”
According to Badalik, the non-perishable food items were brought to the post office all week long, but most were picked up by the mail carriers on Saturday, May 10.
“I love having my back seat full of donations,” said Joyce Beyer, who has been a rural carrier for 18 years. “I wish we did this drive more than once a year.”
“This drive is always good for the community,” said Katie Schuelke, who has been a rural carrier for 23 years.
“It is for a good cause – to help the needy in our community,” said Leif Mikkelson. “We appreciate what our customers do for the needy.”
Mikkelson has been a rural carrier for 38 years. Other postal workers helping with the drive included Tanya Taylor, a rural carrier for 10 years, and Badalik, who has worked for the USPS for the past 35 years.