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Letter Carrier Rita Colachagua
Letter Carrier Rita Colachagua brings Stamp Out Hunger donations to Diamond Farms Station in Gaithersburg, MD, in May.

USPS employees continued to serve their communities throughout the spring.

In May, postal workers collected 71.6 million pounds of food for people in need during Stamp Out Hunger drive, an annual one-day campaign led by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

The Postal Service also participated in National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which is held each year to promote responsible pet ownership and educate employees on the importance of protective measures.

“Raising awareness will help us do our jobs safely,” Lisa Iseah, a Houston letter carrier, told reporters at a news conference.

The April 1-June 30 period was also a time to focus on innovation.

During the National Postal Forum in May, Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan discussed Informed Delivery and how it helps USPS make mail more valuable, accessible and predictable.

“Informed Delivery broadens the definition of the mail moment by bridging the digital and physical. It allows consumers to connect to their physical mail anytime, anywhere,” she said.

Other innovations highlighted during the year’s second quarter included Single Package Look-Up, a tool that simplifies the parcel location process, and 3-D printing, a method that USPS now uses to obtain spare parts for mail processing equipment.

Springtime also brought new stamps — including the first of this year’s two United States Air Mail stamps and a stamp honoring Sally Ride — as well as news that the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp helped fund a landmark study on efforts to fight the disease.

Coming next: Link’s four-part review of 2018 continues Dec. 27 with a look at summertime activities.

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