HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg mayor Johnny Dupree is encouraging people in and around the Hub City to set aside some non-perishable food for the needy this weekend.
He's asking them to place those items at their mailboxes Saturday.
They'll be picked up by your local postman as part of the 22nd annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.
In Hattiesburg, those items will be donated to food pantries at organizations such as Christian Services, Inc. and the Salvation Army.
"Some are able to give some of their time, some are able to give money," said Dupree. "Sometimes, people are only able to give canned goods. This gives an opportunity for everybody to give and that's always a good thing," he said.
"The need I think is actually a lot bigger this time of the year, because during Christmas and those months, there's a collective effort to help folks and during this time of the year, the gathering is less," said Capt. Andy Gilliam, of the Hattiesburg Salvation Army.
"This is, as far as I'm concerned, our big food drive of the year and we're excited, because it's a win-win-win situation," said Bill Prout, executive director of Christian Services, Inc.
Mayor Dupree issued a proclamation Friday morning at the S. 40th Ave. Post Office declaring Friday as National Letter Carriers Food Drive Day in the City of Hattiesburg.