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Letter carriers collect food to fight hunger

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Volunteers collect food at the downtown post office in Hattiesburg during the National Association of Letter Carriers annual Food Drive. Volunteers collect food at the downtown post office in Hattiesburg during the National Association of Letter Carriers annual Food Drive.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Postal workers and many folks in the Pine Belt teamed up Saturday to help the hungry in our area. It was all part of the 21st annual, National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.

All across the nation, letter carriers picked up bags of non-perishable food items that were left at mail boxes. They were then distributed to charities to fill their food pantries.

In the Hattiesburg area, the donations went to organizations like Christian Services, Inc. and the Salvation Army.

"Our letter carriers love to do this to help their local food pantries stock the shelves for the summer," said Alicia Catrett, vice-president of Branch 938 of the National Association of Letter Carriers. "Kids are getting out of school and it's very important that we help our communities," she said.

"(The food) goes out on the soup kitchen at Christian Services, it goes out to people who don't have groceries at home," said Bill Prout, executive director of Christian Services, Inc. "It makes a difference," he said.

In 2012, letter carriers nationwide picked up 70 million pounds of food. In the Hattiesburg area, they collected more than 72,000 pounds of food on their delivery routes.

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