Mail carriers plan Saturday food drive

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – A specific type of mail delivery will be free on Saturday.
Stamp Out Hunger is a nationwide program sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Approximately 10,000 cities and towns will participate in the food drive.
Postal customers are invited to leave nonperishable food items at their mailboxes.
“I know that carriers in Booneville, Corinth, Iuka and Fulton are doing it,” said Terryl Cozart, food drive coordinator for Tupelo. “I know there are plenty in the area that are participating.”
Special paper bags have been delivered to Tupelo mail customers, but any bag will do. People also can put cans or boxes of food in their mailboxes.
“Please, nothing with a short shelf-life,” Cozart said.
Postal workers already have begun to collect food, and work will continue for about two weeks.
People also can deliver food to the Thomas Street and downtown Tupelo post office locations.
According to nalc.org, letter carriers collected more than 70 million pounds of food in 2012. Donations gathered in Tupelo will go to St. Luke Food Pantry.
Mail delivery might be slower than usual on Saturday, but Cozart said customers shouldn’t see drastic changes.
“We will have retirees come in and help us,” he said. “They go to some of the carriers and pick up what they have, and if they see bags of food on the side of the road, they pick them up.”
scott.morris@journalinc.com