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Published May 12, 2012, 05:40 PM

Grand Forks one of 10,000 cities taking part in largest single-day nationwide Food Drive

Grand Forks, ND (WDAZ TV) - Volunteers in Grand Forks were hoping to set a high mark as part of the largest single-day nationwide food drive.

By: Melanie Orlins, WDAY

Volunteers in Grand Forks were hoping to set a high mark as part of the largest single-day nationwide food drive. 10 thousand cities are taking part, in the letter carrier food drive, called Stamp Out Hunger.

Every year, on the second Saturday in May, Marilyn Erickson gets in her car and drives around Grand Forks. Not for fun, although she says she enjoys it. But to lighten the letter carrier's load, and collect bags filled with food for families in need, as part of the nationwide drive, Stamp Out Hunger.

Marilyn Erickson - Volunteer: "People like us, the spouses and retired carriers, they all come out to help because it's a big day and everyone's concerned about the guy that's hungry."

This year 100 volunteers, went out in hopes they could collect more than last year's load--53-thousand pounds of food.

Tom McDonald - Letter Carrier: "I'm about half done with my route and I had to come back and dump because I had no more room to put anything."

Ralph Honda – Food Drive Coordinator: "City carriers, rural carriers, people on their time off, retired people, the volunteers, the food banks they're all helping out."

After the letter carriers drop off the food, volunteers sort through each item to get the boxes ready for delivery.

Tom McDonald - Letter Carrier: "It's great to see the people in this town step up and do the right thing. It's an easy process; all they gotta do is set it by their mailbox."

But even if the city only collected one can this year event coordinator, Ralph Honda, says he'd still be ecstatic.

Ralph Honda – Food Drive Coordinator: "No matter how much we pick up the need is greater than the gain."

Tom McDonald - Letter Carrier: "We'll take whatever we can get."

People say it’s a simple reminder every year of the generous people who live in Grand Forks.

Marilyn Erickson - Volunteer: "It's exciting to see that people are willing to share their bounty with someone who has less."

Last year the food drive surpassed the 1-billion mark for food collected nationwide.

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