Letter carriers collecting donations to “Stamp Out Hunger”

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Local mail carriers will pick upmore than just letters this weekend.

They will also collect food donations as part of the nation'slargest annual food drive called "Stamp Out Hunger."

Donating to the cause is simple. All someone has to do isleave a bag of non-perishable food items by the mailbox on Saturday, May 11.The letter carriers will then deliver it to an area food pantry, likeBatesville Help & Hope.

In the past when Carolyn Wilson has seen a bag set by amailbox, she's thought: "Oh, praise the Lord because that is a giving person."

Wilson hopes a lot of people in the Batesville area are in agiving mood this weekend.

"If you have just one or two cans, those cans will go togood use," she said.

Wilson is the food coordinator at Batesville Help &Hope, which expects to receive about 10,000 pounds of food through the "StampOut Hunger" food drive.

"I hope that Help & Hope has more than they know what todo with," said Doug Davis, a local letter carrier. "That would be exciting."

Davis and the other letter carriers in Batesville will bebusy Saturday. They will not only deliver mail that day but also pick up fooddonations along their routes.

"We have all these things that happen like in Boston andaround the world," he said, "and you know what – people always step up and helpfolks that are hurting."

All the donations collected this weekend should last lessthan two months at the food pantry because of the growing number of people inneed in the Batesville area.

"It's amazing how fast the food goes out of here," Wilsonsaid. "We serve about 1,200 families a month."

Wilson has seen the amount of giving go up each year duringthe letter carriers' food drive, and she fully expects that trend to continuethis time.

"Just make sure that you have your bag at the mailbox[Saturday]," she said. "That is the main thing for this Saturday!"

The "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive is happening all acrossthe country and Northeast Arkansas.

People should not worry if they're not home Saturday orforget to leave a bag of food outside. The letter carriers say they will stillpick up donations through next week.

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