Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Mail carriers collecting food donations Saturday to Stamp Out Hunger

Mail carriers collecting food donations Saturday to Stamp Out Hunger

They are collecting non-perishable food items in bags left by mailboxes before mail delivery on May 13.

Last year, Watts said they collected about 23,000 pounds of food for the Lawton Food Bank.

The 25th annual "Letter Carriers" food drive is helping tackle hunger in the coulee region. This year, the community once again answered the call for help.

And residents were enthusiastic to be supporting their local food pantry, such as Michael Richards, who has participated in this food drive four years now.

The food is then sorted and brought to area food banks where it will be available for local food insecure families.

She said the organization depends on this food drive to replenish the shelves of their food pantry.

Evan Juarez and his mother say they volunteered as part of their Mother's Day weekend.

Volunteers from another popular pantry, the Triad Food Pantry of Seventh Day Adventist Church, also were in attendance. So far the collection food amount for Sioux City has come in at 24,000 tons. The drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food since its inception. But with the weather Saturday, they hope it did not discourage donations this year.

But this Saturday is one of the few days he actually has to step out often. The donations collected in Hattiesburg and Petal will be shared between four food banks: Christian Services, Salvation Army, Petal Children's Task Force and Edwards Street Fellowship Center.

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