"Stamp Out Hunger" leaves imprint!

"Neither sleet, nor rain, nor gloom of night" – nor even strong winds – kept postal carriers from making their appointed rounds on Saturday, May 8, 2010, as they collected more than 4,200 pounds of food that will benefit patrons of the Spearfish Community Food Pantry.

The non-perishable food items were donated by postal customers, who left them near their mailboxes for carriers to collect and then deliver to the pantry. In this photo, postal employees Dean Crisman and Greg Kahl unload a truck near the pantry entrance.

When pantry volunteers weighed the huge collection of foodstuffs on Monday (5/10), it tipped the scales at 4,216 pounds.

“This was a terrific effort by postal carriers, the U.S. Post Office, and so many cooperating organizations that participate in the annual Stamp Out Hunger campaign,” said Spearfish Community Pantry vice president Karen Miller.

“Their good work and community spirit will benefit hundreds of families that look to the pantry to help them through tough times.”

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive is a national campaign sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, in conjunction with, the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers Association, AFL-CIO, United Way, Valpak, and Feeding America.

In Spearfish, Premiere BankCard employees participated in the campaign.

In the photo above, postal workers Allen Hrdlicka, Casey Davis, Greg Kahl, and Dean Crisman, take a breather while delivering the food to the temporary pantry location in south Spearfish.

This summer, the pantry will move to permanent facilities in the Spearfish Recreation and Aquatics Center at 122 Recreation Lane in the northern part of town. Pantry officials are hoping to be open for business at the new location by July 1st. Check out construction progress at our Pantry Gallery. You'll also find more photos of those hard-working postal workers shown above!