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Published May 14, 2011, 04:34 PM

USPS Collects Food For Hungry

The biggest food drive in the nation kicked off Saturday, aiming to put a dent in hunger.

Postal service letter carriers are picking up food from your home to feed local families in need.

Can by can, box by box, volunteers and United State Postal Service staff sort donated food hoping to beat their 62,000 pound record.

"We hope to do better, every year we seem like we collect more but every year the need is greater," said Grand Forks Food Driver Organizer Ralph Honda.

Nearly 25% of people in the Red River Valley go hungry every night. Most are children. For mail carrier Daniel McGillicuddy, the homes on his route are filled with hope.

"Some houses give you two, three, four bags. Cases of soup, cases of corn. Everything helps, nobody needs to go to bed hungry, not in this country anyway," said McGillicuddy.

Homeowners are asked to leave food near their mailboxes for pick up.

Some carriers are just trying to keep up.

With more and more food coming in, organizers say they are not going to get too excited about what comes in, because they leave that to the generosity of the community.

"We just decided whatever is out there is out there, we can only pick it up," said Honda.

If you missed donating food, the post office will except food all next week.