USPS needs your help to stamp out hunger

USPS needs your help to stamp out hunger
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The USPS says if you leave canned goods in or around your mailbox Saturday then they will pick them up. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
The USPS says if you leave canned goods in or around your mailbox Saturday then they will pick them up. (Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With the many events taking place in the River Region this weekend, there's one more you may not be aware of, and it involves the United States Postal Service.

Saturday is the annual Letter Carrier's Stamp Out Hunger, and while they deliver your mail they only ask that you do one thing.

"The only thing you need to do, or that we're asking is that before you leave the house, just put a non-perishable canned good or a non-perishable food item in or around your mailbox and when we deliver your mail we'll pick it up and deliver your mail at the same time," said USPS Letter Carrier Carmen Penny.

Penny thinks this is the perfect time of year to put this event on. Not just because school is about to let out, but for other reasons as well.

"It's always the second Saturday in May, because during the holidays they have so many food drives, but this time of the year the shelves are getting low, so we want to stamp out hunger and fill the shelves back up," said Penny. "So that's why we do it right before school is let out, so we can fill the shelves back up and stamp out hunger."

Montgomery Area Food Bank CEO Richard Deem agrees.

"This food drive they do, what better time? You have children that are getting meals during school, in the summer time is the real problem, so this is timely, this is going to help thousands of people throughout this region," Deem said.

As a letter carrier for over 20 years, Penny definitely sees the benefit of the Stamp out Hunger event.

"Oh yes, oh yes. Us as mail carriers, we see the need everyday. We're talking to customers, we're out there in the community and we just want to do our part to help," said Penny.

"This particular drive, historically, has provided 70, 80, 90,000 pounds of food," said Deem. "We treasure our relationship with the letter carriers. We've been doing this for many years."

According to the National Association of Letter Carriers, this is the 26th year of the event.

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