TUPELO – Mail carriers have a special delivery in mind for Saturday during Stamp Out Hunger.
It’s a nationwide program sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. About 10,000 cities and towns will participate in the food drive.
“This will be the 22nd drive nationwide,” said Terryl Cozart, food drive coordinator for Tupelo, “and it will be the fourth one in Tupelo.”
Mail carriers are asking residents to donate nonperishable items on Saturday. One or two cans can fit into mailboxes, but Cozart said people also can put bags of food at the base of their mailboxes.
“We don’t want your money. We don’t want your time,” Cozart said. “All we want is some food.”
Retired postal workers will help with pickups, and the accumulated food will be donated to St. Luke’s Food Pantry, located at Eason and Veterans boulevards.
“All of the food will stay local,” Cozart said.
He said mail carriers in Amory, Pontotoc, Corinth and Booneville are participating in Stamp Out Hunger.
Those who live in areas that aren’t participating can drop off food at both U.S. Post Office locations and both Kroger locations in Tupelo, as well as Lee County Library and Sav A Lot on East Main Street.
“Our goal this year locally is to get about 10,000 pounds,” Cozart said. “Nationwide, it’s a billion pounds.”