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      15,000 pounds heading to Marquette food pantries

      Thousands of pounds of food will fill pantry shelves Sunday across the country. Itâ??s part of the U.S. Postal Service Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

      Residents leave bags of nonperishable foods they'd like to donate outside their house. Then U.S. Post Office carriers picked up the donations as they dropped off mail.

      It's a nationwide event and it's been around for 21 years. Every year it collects approximately 78 million pounds of food; Marquette alone collects about 15,000.

      â??They're overwhelmed, I think,â?? says Marquette mail carrier, Larry Kuhn. "When you see it all lined up, itâ??s a lot of food. The bigger food banks, like St. Vincent de Paul or Salvation Army, have pretty good sized trucks; we fill them right up.â??

      After it's all collected, itâ??s distributed to local food banks.

      Since the project began, more than one billion pounds of food has been donated.