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Letter carriers collect food for local soup kitchen

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CHICOPEE, MA (WSHM) -

Letter carriers across the country picked up more than just the mail on Saturday, as it was the 22nd annual National Food Drive, put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC).

It was a busy scene early Saturday afternoon as food started arriving at the drop-off for Lorraine's Soup Kitchen.

Organizers hoped to pass last year's amount of 13,000 pounds of food for the kitchen.

They said it would be hard for them to go on without these kinds of contributions.

"Without days like today, we can't get through," said Jamin Wright, operations manager for the kitchen. "Without the community involvement, the donors and the donations, we simply won't make it through the day. So, as we're seeing these kinds of donations, this is what it's all about."

Lorraine's Soup Kitchen expects a minimum increase of 10 percent in pantry visits next year.

They said that is due to food insecurity rising and a decrease in funding.

In the past 21 years, the NALC said it has collected nearly 1.3 billion pounds of food nationwide.

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