NACL food drive delivers

Effort collects more than 17,000 pounds of donations to Valley Outreach

The annual National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) one-day food drive earlier this month really delivered to Valley Outreach.

Locally, the NALC, in partnership with the St Croix Valley AFL-CIO and United Way of Washington County-East, collected 17,500 pounds of non-perishable food and personal care donations from St. Croix Valley-area residents.

More than 21 AFL-CIO St. Croix Labor Assembly and UWWC-E volunteers met each local letter carrier as they arrived with trucks full of donations at Valley Outreach in Stillwater. Labor volunteers, alongside other community volunteers, unloaded trucks and stocked Valley Outreach shelves, emptying the blue bags given out by mail carriers earlier in the week and by Cub Foods stores.

Valley Outrech serves an average of 400 families monthly at the food shelf, and the agency gives out more than 41,000 pounds of food and care items in a typical month, according to Sally Anderson, deputy director of Valley Outreach.

"We really appreciate the community’s support this time of year when summer is upon us and the children who usually get meals at school will be turning to us for food," Anderson said.

"The postal carriers should be given the highest praise for the added loads they carried to their trucks. Many of the smaller trucks pulled into the loading docks where the food was weighed held over 500 pounds of food loaded by just one carrier," said a United Way of Washington County-East staffer.

Margret Lowell, union steward from NALC Branch 28, makes this all possible, by coordinating with the local letter carriers to bring food collected in the St. Croix Valley to Valley Outreach. NACL thanks area residents who gave so generously and all volunteers from St. Croix Labor Assembly-AFL-CIO, UWWC-E, Valley Outreach, with a special thanks to AFL-CIO Labor Retirees who made up a majority of the labor volunteers.

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