The 21st-annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was once again a success in Nodaway County.
Though the total weight of donations was down a bit from last year, the drive was still able to haul in well over 2,500 pounds of food.
Postmaster Paul Eschbacher said that the success of the event is due to the outpouring of generosity from the community.
Over years, many people develop relationships with their carrier, and helping a drive held by the carrier's union is a great way to say thank you, Eschbacher said.
"I think that this shows that the post office is an active part of trying to solve local hunger issues," he said. "It feels good to give back to those that may be down on their luck right now."
The drive started with the National Association of Letter Carriers, and has grown into a nationwide effort to help local food pantries.
Donations in Maryville were taken to the Ministry Center on Saturday after the goods were sorted by volunteer carriers and their families.
"We're very proud to be a part of this," Eschbacher said. "I can't say enough, this is a good thing for the community. Most of us have been hungry at some point in our lives."
Each year, the Campbell's Soup Co. gives more than a million cans of their products to help the drive, adding a boost to the footwork carriers do on the local level.
"It ended up being a little less than last year," Eschbacher said. "But at the end of it, anytime you can come in with a ton of food to help families, it's a good thing.
"We really want to thank the community for their donations and generosity. Without them this drive would be nothing."