HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Pine Belt residents and local mail carriers helped to restock area food pantries and soup kitchens. On Saturday, they teamed up as part of the 26th annual "Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive."
Letter carriers picked up bags of donated, non-perishable food items at mail boxes across South Mississippi and delivered them to post offices. Organizations like Hattiesburg's Christian Services, Inc. collected them afterwards.
"It's kind of a slower season, people are gearing down, school's getting out and you're thinking about vacation and the summer coming up," said Jim Prout, executive director of Christian Services, Inc. "And so, this is a real good opportunity to remember that hunger doesn't take time off, that time of need is there, whether they're in school or out of school, whether at work or not at work."
In 2017, the food drive brought in about 75 million pounds of food across the country.