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Delayed donation trucks finally head to Sandy ravaged areas

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COLONIE, N.Y. - If you participated in the post office's food drive for the Sandy relief effort, you may have thought those cans of beans and boxes of pasta were already delivered to folk's downstate.

But, due to a combination of generosity and logistics the food had to wait until Monday.

Maureen Marion, a spokesperson for the Postal Service based in Connecticut, spoke to NEWS10 by phone. She says the can goods and nonperishables that were collected by postal workers 10 days ago are finally on their way.

Last week she told us that the NYS food drive held on November 10 to benefit those displaced by Sandy was so successful that the canned and dry goods would pack 9 semi's.

Way too much for any of the food banks in areas destroyed by sandy to accept at once.

So they had to hold off delivery until this past weekend.

But then, NEWS10 learned Monday that the food - all 500,000 pounds - was still sitting inside USPS warehouses.

Marion told us they had to wait for clearance by the already strained food banks in NYC, Long Island and West Chester, and the volunteer postal drivers could only put in a certain number of hours.

So finally, on Monday, all nine trucks finally took off from Colonie, Syracuse and Binghamton.

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