HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Lots of needy families in the Pine Belt will be getting some good meals in the coming weeks, thanks to many local residents and dozens of postal workers. It's all part of the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.
That's an effort to fight hunger across the nation.
Letter carriers Saturday not only picked up mail, but also bags of donated food left by residents at mailboxes across the area. They were then given to organizations such as the Salvation Army and Christian Services, Inc.
"What makes us so grateful for the postal food drive every year is we get a large amount of food from this event and we can use it in several different ways," said Dwayne McRee, the Liberty Ministries program director for Christian Services, Inc.
"It's to help out those that are in need (and) we really appreciate all of the customers who have helped every year, this year as well," said Shawanda Irvin, customer service supervisor for Hattiesburg's downtown post office."It's hopefully continuing to grow every year," she said.
This was the 22nd year for the food drive.