Colorado mail carriers collect 350,000 pounds of food for annual food drive

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DENVER -- An estimated 350,000 pounds of food was picked up by Colorado’s mail carriers on the 24th annual “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive" on Saturday.

Mail carriers throughout the nation gathered donated food with the hopes of breaking a Guinness Book of World Record by collecting 77 million pounds of food nationwide.

It’s the nation’s largest food drive and while it is a little extra work for the mail carriers, the second Saturday in May is like a holiday for them.

“I think it’s amazing what people can do,” Denver mail carrier Luis Sanchez said. “They get together and with all of this food we can do a lot of good things for needy people.”

Along with delivering the day’s mail, Sanchez picked up several bags of donated food from one block in southeast Denver.

“We do it for free but that’s not the way to say it because we love to do it,” he said.

All of the food collected in Colorado will be donated to the state’s various food banks and pantries.