Spring success

Madison, WI, Letter Carrier Enrico Przygoda collects donations during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive in May.

USPS employees made history in the spring when the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected an unprecedented 80 million pounds.

The season also included National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which featured the rollout of new tech tools to protect employees.

As springtime continued, USPS and National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association leaders signed a new labor contract that covers approximately 120,000 employees represented by the union.

Later in May, PMG Megan J. Brennan went to Capitol Hill to discuss the need for legislation to help the Postal Service, saying the organization’s financial challenges are “serious but solvable.”

Springtime also brought the World Stamp Show, a weeklong annual event that is held in the United States once every decade.

This year’s show featured eight dedications, including one for the National Parks stamps, which were also showcased at 14 special ceremonies across the nation.

Other springtime stamp releases honored Shirley Temple, this year’s entry in the Legends of Hollywood series.

As spring concluded, retailers began selling new mailboxes that can accommodate larger packages delivered by USPS.

Coming next: Link’s four-part review of 2016 continues with summertime weather challenges, out-of-this-world stamps and National Postal Customer Council Week.