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Postal workers 'Stamp Out Hunger' in the Treasure Valley

Postal workers 'Stamp Out Hunger' in the Treasure Valley »Play Video

Postal workers across the country helped fight hunger Saturday during the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger. Mail carriers in the Treasure Valley were no exception.

Local post offices worked with The Idaho Foodbank to collect a goal of 200,000 pounds of food for the needy in the area.

"This is our single largest food drive of the year, so it's really important. It helps us restock the shelves," said The Idaho Foodbank President Karen Vauk.

Earlier in the week, mail carriers put empty grocery bags and postcards in mailboxes reminding people to fill the bags with food and set them out Saturday morning to be picked up.

Food bank volunteers counted more than 185,000 pounds of food from Boise alone. Numbers from other cities in the area will be gathered in the next few days. The food bank says it expects it's going to exceed its goal.

The Idaho Foodbank gives out around a million pounds of food each month. It relies on getting that food from local donations and drives like Stamp Out Hunger.