Local postal workers and Golden Harvest Food Bank are gearing up for the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger campaign, now in its 25th year. It is the largest single-day food drive in the United States.
Fincher said food from the Shoals and Sand Mountain area will go to the food bank's partner feeding programs. No special bags are needed, but some residents may have previously received a Stamp Out Hunger bag in the mail. "Unfortunately with the schools getting ready to let out, those kids won't have meals through the school, and now they have to find those meals somewhere else". The amount remained around the same as the total from the year before. That's why on Saturday, May 13, letter carriers will collect food to help people facing hunger this summer.
"We're in every community".
"We're talking about neighbors helping neighbors", Dunton said. "A lot of these carriers will get so much food, they can't haul it all in their vehicles".
"We'll take about anything that is non-perishable", Hightower said. They're allowing us to do this while we're actually on the clock. "We're concerned with their wellbeing", Turner said. "We're able to be in contact with many more individuals through our rural carriers, which gives us an opportunity to reach out to everyone as far as picking up items for the food bank".
Over the last 24 years, letter carriers, along with countless volunteers, have collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food nationally.
In last year's drive, nearly 78,000 pounds of food was collected in Sioux Falls and the goal this year is to reach 85,000 pounds.
U.S. Postal Service letter carriers do deliver - and sometimes, more than mail and parcels.
In addition to LCS, Seventh-day Adventist and First Church of God members this year will help pick up, sort, weigh and divide the items for later distribution. He added that some bags were sent to the Ellerbe post office.
A national, coordinated effort to help fight hunger in America grew out of discussions in 1991. Per NALC's Stamp Out Hunger website, the result was astounding.
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