Delivering mail, collecting food: 'This is people helping people'

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The people who deliver your mail collected more than 100,000 pounds of donations for the Idaho Foodbank Saturday. The "Stamp Out Hunger" drive encouraged people to put a bag of canned vegetables, peanut butter and other food near their mailboxes for their letter carriers to pick up.

Candace Lincoln, who has been on the job for seven years in the Treasure Valley, loaded beef broth and tomato sauce, among other staples, into the back of her US Postal Service vehicle.

Marian Jensen of Boise donated string beans and pears.

"It's real easy to do. Just hang it up," Jensen said, adding she's participated several years because she doesn't like people to go hungry.

Volunteers sorted the food near the post office in downtown Boise.

"We get a lot of donations over October, November and December, so by the time May comes around, our shelves are a little bare for the nonperishable items that we get through food drives," said Teena Wright, Idaho Foodbank development manager.

Wright said "Stamp Out Hunger" is the largest food drive of the season and gets them through until donations increase at the end of the year. The event is in its 22nd year nationwide.

"You see the community coming together. It's a united community," Lincoln said. "This is people helping people."

Wright said an estimated 109,100 pounds of food had been donated in the Boise area Saturday.

The Idaho Foodbank accepts beans, cereal and other donations at its warehouse off Federal Way in Boise.