HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Some Hattiesburg-area charities have just gotten a lot of extra food to help the needy, thanks to local mail carriers and many of you. Saturday, postal employees from Hattiesburg to Tylertown picked up non-perishable food from residents as part of the 23rd annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive.
The food was collected at local post offices and was picked up by organizations such as Christian Services, Inc., the Salvation Army and the Edwards Street Fellowship Center.
"We're going to take this food and be sure to give it to our needy people, because sometime in the month, they don't have enough food, especially the elderly, to finish out the month and we will fix them a food basket," said Wanda Lawrence, shelter manager for the Hattiesburg Salvation Army,
"We give out roughly 2,000 bags a month and this food will greatly come in handy," said Eddie Graves, pantry manager for the Edwards Street Fellowship Center. "We couldn't do without (people who donate the food) and we thank you greatly," he said.
More than 38,440 pounds of food was collected by the Hattiesburg branch of the N.A.L.C. Saturday.
Last year, 73 million pounds of food was collected by letter carriers across the country and it was used to feed an estimated 30 million people.