Letter carriers collect 225000 pounds of food

"Our staff and volunteers did get caught in the rain a few times but we didn't mind knowing that our neighbors to the east and firefighters need it badly", McCall said, referring to the swamp fire in the Okefenokee area.

Letter carriers in Texas County joined others across southwest Missouri in a collection of food Saturday to benefit food pantries.

Letter carriers are doing more than just delivering your mail this week, they're also picking up donations for their annual 'Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, ' to help feed families during the summer.

Anyone still interested in contributing to this year's drive is welcome to bring nonperishable food to Roadrunner, their post office or to any year-round drop-off locations - find them at www.rrfb.org/dropoff.

"It is truly unbelievable how the efforts of our community can impact our continued role to supply food to hundreds of partners throughout New Mexico for the benefit of our hungry neighbors", said Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner Food Bank.

Gina Crumbliss, President/CEO of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank said this year donations are extremely low. Families placed bags of food on their porches or by their mailbox for letter carriers to pick up.

Timing for this food drive is critical.

Across the country, the Food Drive - held in cooperation with the Postal Service - resulted in millions of pounds of non-perishable food collected and distributed to deserving charities nationwide.

"{United States Postal Service letter carriers] were excited".

  • Zachary Reyes