That’s a lot of food

Northland residents contributed almost 130,000 pounds of food during the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the United Way of Greater Duluth tells us.

The exact amount collected by area postal carriers and volunteers in Cloquet, Duluth, Hermantown, Proctor, Silver Bay, Superior and Two Harbors on May 11 was 129,386 pounds — that’s nearly 65 tons. Duluth residents increased their giving by more than 4,000 pounds from a year ago and Two Harbors residents nearly doubled their giving, the United Way says.

Area residents were asked to leave nonperishable food items next to their mailboxes that morning. The food collected went to area food shelves.

People in need of food can call the United Way’s 211 number to find out which food shelf is closest. Cell phone users can call (800) 543-7709.

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