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Helping local food banks

Last week we featured our annual article on the Postal Carriers Food Drive, which celebrated its 18th year of helping fill the shelves at the local food pantries.

This year's event was different in that, for the first time ever, it enjoyed a full partnership between the urban and rural letter carriers.

This union was a very positive move, resulting in a record-breaking collection of 68,165 pounds, with food still coming in and being tabulated. Totals could very possibly hit the 70,000 pound mark, which would be the first time ever in the drive's fluctuating history, which saw its lowest point ever last year at 54,222 pounds of food.

Jeff Borgrud, postal carrier at the north Fargo Trollwood location as well as food drive chairman, said it was the full-fledged participation of the rural carriers that definitely helped make the difference in 2010.

Rural carrier stops account for at least 50 percent of the city, with all the area past 32nd Avenue on the south side rural delivery. "The rural carriers really came through, making a total effort," Borgrud said, bringing in an extra 8,000 pounds of food over previous years.

This extra effort along with the generosity of the people who contributed, were significant forces behind this year's successful drive, Borgrud emphasized. "The generosity of the people always goes without saying. Without the people willing and trusting us to get the food out, this wouldn't have been possible. The local citizens are the ones that really make it work donating the food."

Borgrud said he is appreciative of everyone's participation annually and for what the drive is able to accomplish "from my fellow letter carriers, to the many fine sponsors, to all the people who gave us food. This drive is going to be a great boost for the local food banks. It will help get them through the summer at least, and for that we are extremely grateful and thankful."