Help "Stamp Out Hunger" in Your Community
The largest one day food drive in the nation will take place this weekend. You may find a brown paper bag in your mailbox to help support the event.
The annual postal food drive will take place Saturday, May 11. Organizers are asking residents to place non-perishable food items including canned meats, soups and cereals in bags near their mailboxes.
The carriers will pick the items up and help stock the shelves at local food pantries. Bobby Smith is the President of the United Way of Greater High Point. He says the drive couldn't come at a better time.
“We have a lot of children who get a free or reduced breakfast or lunch at school and then they get out in the summer and they are hungry. People are hungry all of the time, and we don't have a lot of drives occurring in the spring and summer months,” says Smith.
Smith says last year’s local drive in the Greater High Point area collected more than 55,000 pounds of food. He says toiletry items such as shampoo and deodorant will also be collected.
“Our particular event benefits close to a dozen different local food pantries. It also falls on Mother’s Day. There are a lot of mothers who are struggling to feed their families and this drive will help them do that,” says Smith.
Organizers say even if you won’t be home this Saturday, you can still fill a bag and leave it for your postal carrier on May 10 or 13.