“Stamp Out Hunger” this weekend with food drive

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Saturday marks the 22nd anniversary of one of America's great days of giving - the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The National Association of Letter Carriers in partnership with the United States Postal Service is asking for your help with their food drive.

According to a press release sent by Gloria Holloway with the USPS, letter carriers walk through the neighborhoods of Columbus six days a week. They see firsthand the needs of the community, and the need for food donations is great.

Currently, 49 million Americans – or 1 in 6 – are unsure where their next meal is coming from.  Sixteen million are children who feel hunger's impact on their overall heath and ability to perform in school, and nearly 5 million seniors over age 70 are food insecure, with many who live on fixed incomes often too embarrassed to ask for help.

Willy Alloway, a local member of the association, visited our studios on Thursday to tell us how you can help with the "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive."

Alloway tells us the national organization decided to host a food drive during the summer because most are done in the winter and holiday season.

"We're trying to fill in the gaps for the summer months," Alloway said.

He also told us that the carriers collect about 62,000 pounds of food last year.

"After we have all the customers put the food on the mailbox, the carrier picks it up," he explained. "We bring it in and Feeding the Valley food bank handles it. They service about 14 counties in this area."

If you want to help out, all you have to do is gather non-perishable food items and place them inside your mailbox this Saturday, May 10. He suggests canned soups, canned vegetables, canned meat and fish, pasta, and cereal. He also said not to include glass containers or anything that can break easily.

Once the mail carrier stops by on Saturday, they will collect the food items.  All food donated will go directly to local food pantries.

If you have any questions you can call (706) 341-8735.

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