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Mail carriers collect for food shelf

Blue bags full of food donations sat alongside mailboxes Saturday, May 11, and were collected by mail carriers across the country, including the Nisswa and Pequot Lakes rural mail carriers.

Only urban mail carriers were required to participate in the nation-wide effort, but Nisswa and Pequot Lakes carriers voluntarily took up the effort, with the communities donating 2,232 pounds of food for the Lakes Area Food Shelf.

Nisswa carriers collected 1,767 pounds of food, and Pequot carriers collected 465 pounds of food, as well as $40 in cash donations.

In Nisswa, spouses also helped with the effort. Mail carriers’ trucks quickly filled with food, and they gathered the food for transport in their personal vehicles.

Don Messick, food shelf board member, said the Lakes Area Food Shelf gives out 20,000 to 25,000 pounds of food a month and spends about $150,000 a year. The donated food will be off the shelf and into homes quickly, but Messick said every little bit helps.

“We appreciate every dollar and every ounce,” Messick said.