Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Postal employee Wade Seely weighs food brought into the Blackfoot Post Office as part of the annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign.
BLACKFOOT â€” Mail carriers and rural mail carriers in the Blackfoot area brought in almost three tons of non-perishable food on Saturday.
Almost 30 volunteers were on hand at the Blackfoot Post Office parking lot to sort the food contributed by Blackfoot residents.
The exact weight of food contributed on Saturday was 5,740 pounds.
The food bank at the SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) was the beneficiary of these food stuffs.
"We are happy," said Bobette Beesley, SEICAA Outreach Manager/Bingham County Coordinator. "It helps a lot.
"It's great having so many volunteers come," she said. "This is the most volunteers we have ever had."
About 30 volunteers were on hand to sort and box the food. It was then load it into a trailer and pickup to be taken to SEICAA where it will be put on shelves.
"The main work was done by the postal people," said Beesley. "They're the ones who deserve the big thanks.
"The need is so great," said Beesley. "Even with the other food bank in town, we still get so many people.
The food bank can really use dry foods, like cereals, pasta, hamburger helper, tuna helper, macaroni and cheese and ramon noodles.
"People can make a meal out of these food stuffs," she said.
If people would still like to donate food, just bring it to the post office, said postal employee Wade Seely.
"We'll make sure it gets to the food bank," Seely said.
This is the 22nd year the postal service has sponsored Stamp Out Hunger.