Mail carriers prepare for their annual food drive

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - On the steps of downtown Hattiesburg's Post Office Friday, Mayor Johnny DuPree issued a Proclamation recognizing the National Association of Letter Carriers annual food drive which is being held on Saturday, May 14th.

The event benefits local pantries and soup kitchens like Christian Services. Postal workers will be picking up non-perishable food items Saturday along with Pine Belt residents mail. Brian Renfroe is a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers in Hattiesburg.

Renfroe said, "It's just an opportunity for us to go to every house, give everyone an opportunity to participate and help out those that are hungry here in our community."

For Hub City organizations like the Edwards Street Fellowship Center, a first year food drive beneficiary, this event comes during a critical season. The center's Executive Director, Mollie Vickery, said regular donations decrease while the amount of people needing help increases.

"Summer is one of our roughest times because children are out of school, kids are hungry and parents have a great difficulty meeting the needs of their families," explained Vickery.

Officials said if residents place their food items either inside or right by their mailboxes by nine AM Saturday, letter carriers will pick up those donations.

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