Local postal carriers are doing their part this weekend to help fight hunger in the area.
The annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive is this Saturday.
Toccoa Letter Carrier Michael Waddell said all of the carriers in Toccoa, Eastanollee, and Martin will be collecting food this Saturday to benefit the community.
“All the letter carriers are involved now,” said Waddell. “This Saturday, May 10, we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Stephens County Food Bank on Whitman Street. We are looking forward to doing that again this year. Every year since 2009, we have increased what we have brought in (by) 1,000 pounds every year. Last year, we collected 11,782 pounds and we were able to give that to (the) Stephens County Food Bank. We are hoping this year, maybe we can break 12,000 pounds.”
Waddell said people should place their donated non-perishable food items to be picked up in the mailbox or in a bag that is tied to the mailbox so the carriers can collect the donated food easily.
“We know that the food bank is looking for cereal, rice, mainly canned foods, and even powdered milk,” said Waddell. “Those are some of the items that folks can donate this Saturday when we come around to deliver their mail.”
Waddell did say that if someone has a large donation that will not fit at the mailbox, they can drop it off at the back of any of the county’s post offices and ring the bell at the back to have someone come and collect it there.
He said the letter carriers appreciate all of the support and the donations they have received from the community over the years.
“We are so happy and proud of the county,” said Waddell. “Everyone has been really good at participating and helping out in this so we have done really well over the last five years. I am thankful for the folks that always help out. It is very appreciated.”
This is the 22nd year for the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, which is a nationwide effort on Saturday.