Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
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Postal carries help 'stamp out hunger'

Postal carries help 'stamp out hunger'

Last year 20 thousand pounds was collected and this year the Wiregrass Food Bank is trying to exceed that amount.

Letter carriers with the US Postal Service are used to dropping off packages along their daily delivery routes.

Today, Saturday, May 12, the National Association of Letter Carriers is hosting their 26th annual Stamp out Hunger Food Drive, according a news release. In some neighborhoods, it's even more than that. "But most people will put out a couple bags", Wood said. Letter carriers see firsthand the needs of the communities. The Chester donations are given to the Chester County Ministerial Association's Community Food Pantry at Purity Presbyterian Church, to the Turning Point and other assistance agencies with food pantries. A pilot drive was held in 10 cities in October 1991 and it proved so successful that work began immediately on making it a nationwide effort.

"Especially with the smaller food banks that they give to, they really count on this for the donations".

In Columbus, the food is distributed by the United Way of Lowndes County.

All the food is donated to Feeding South Dakota to help stock the Sioux Falls Food Pantry shelves.

The food drive's timing is crucial. "We'll have carriers out 'til whatever time necessary to get all the food collected".

"Its our largest drive", she said.

"A lot of families have children who are out of school who don't have access to the free lunch programs at school", he said.

Our community has shown many times that it is willing to help out when necessary.

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