COLUMBUS, Ga. – The 24th Annual Stamp out Hunger Food Drive is underway Friday and letter carriers are doing their part to help out while on their mail routes.
Letter carriers will be accepting bags of non-perishable canned, bagged or boxed foods when coming to pick up and drop off mail. The food will be used to restock shelves at the Feed the Valley Food Bank.
James ‘Beau’ Cadien has been a letter carrier for 16 years. He says he looks forward to helping out as much as possible this Saturday May 14th. One of his former elderly neighbors had to make a choice between bills, medication and food. He saw the consequence first hand.
“Actually one of the mail men knocked on my door and said ‘have you seen Mrs. Rogers?’ I said no and I actually had a key to her house and she was passed out on the floor. Lack of nutrition and ever since then it’s meant a lot to me,” says Cadien.
Last year postal workers collected more than 60,000 pounds of food. Although that may seem like quite a bit of food, Food bank representatives say it only took two months for our community to go through all of it.
If you would like to donate to the Stamp out Hunger Food Drive, place any non-perishable canned, bagged or boxed foods in a bag and leave it on your doorstep in plain sight of your mailbox. Donations will be collected with the mail on Friday May 13th and Saturday May 14th.
To help make it easier on the folks sorting, please be sure to check the expiration dates before donating.