Three U.S. postal service vehicles rolled up to the door of the Redwood Area Food Shelf Tuesday afternoon with a special delivery courtesy of the residents of Redwood Falls.
After collecting non-perishable food items during its annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food shelf collection event held this past Saturday, Gwenn Harrington, local postmaster, and post office employees Steve Eskeldson and Nancy Schultz dropped the food off.
According to Harrington, a total of 1,568 pounds was collected, with $45 in cash donations also provided.
“This is the third year we have had the food collection,” said Harrington, adding during the first year somewhere in the area of 700 pounds of food was donated locally.
This year’s donation, said Harrington, was 222 pounds more than was collected one year ago.
“The people of Redwood Falls are very generous,”?said Harrington.
Cart after cart full of postal service totes, each loaded with bags of food, was pushed to the food shelf facility completely filling up the floor of the main room of the location.
Gary Revier, Redwood Area Food Shelf volunteer, expressed his appreciation to the post office and the community. He said demand continues to rise, as 1,400 pounds of food was given out this past Thursday. The food shelf is open Tuesdays and Thursdays in the old Armory Square Mall building on Second Street.