Pine Belt residents donated non-perishable food for the 24th annual 'Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive' Saturday. Photo credit WDAM.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
Letter carriers and thousands of residents in the Pine Belt teamed up Saturday to fight hunger.
It was all part of the National Association of Letter Carriers' 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
Residents who participated left bags of non-perishable food items with their out-going mail.
Mail carriers then picked up the food and turned it over to non-profit organizations, such as Christian Services, Inc., the Salvation Army and the Edwards Street Fellowship Center.
The food will be used to re-stock food pantries.
"We do look forward to this pick up, because it helps us get through the season before the holiday season. So, we really do need this, because hunger is year round," said Catherine Jorns, director of outreach and ministry at Christian Services, Inc.
Last year, more than 70 million pounds of food was collected nationwide in the Letter Carriers' Food Drive.
Those donations fed an estimated 30 million people.