For the second year in a row, more than 100 Canada Post employees working the roughly 50 postal routes in the Northern Ontario city of Sault Ste. Marie spent one Saturday morning collecting food instead of mail.
On May 11, employees plus family and friends returned to the neighbourhood to pick up non-perishable food donations for “area agencies, soup kitchens and food banks,” according to the flyers attached to Saultites’ mailboxes under the “Stamp Out Hunger” banner.
The employees were “working on a day off, but when it comes to something like this, it is important to do what we can to help,” Mike Murphy, food drive organizer and local letter carrier told SooToday, a local online news site.
“We are out in the community, in the neighbourhoods and we see the need all around. We are so happy to help out those who need it the most.”
The timing is crucial, Murphy told SooToday, “because food banks, shelters, pantries and soup kitchens are running very low on food donations around this time of year.”