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Letter Carriers' Food Drive Helps Fight Hunger

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You can help fight hunger without even leaving your home.

It’s that time of year where it’s easy to spot grocery bags hanging from mailboxes and front doors.

"It’s just our way of giving back and then it becomes infectious. You want to do more, you want to help more, you want less to be hungry," explains Harold Cunningham, Food Drive Coordinator, National Letter Carrier Branch 203. 

Cunningham says one in four children in the area don’t have access to affordable, nutritious food and during the summer, finding food for some families can be even more challenging.

"Nobody wants to go hungry and no adult wants to see a kid go hungry. I mean it breaks your heart so help please."

That’s why letter carriers are doing more than just delivering your mail this week,"we’re there every day six days a week so we see these people hungry, they’re also picking up donations for their annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

"We see these kids wondering what they’re going to be doing and wondering if they’re going to be hungry so we can help them out this way."

The food drive’s timing is crucial. Food banks tend to receive the majority of their donations during the holidays, so by the spring, many shelves inside the pantries are empty.

Tom Faulkner, Director, Crosslines Food Pantry, tells FOX5," As we get into the summer months for food pantry’s like ours, donations start to drop down during this time of year. That’s the same time kids are getting out so those meals aren’t necessarily always there for them."

When it comes to helping those who are hungry, just a little bit of effort can go a long way.

"It’s pretty simple for everybody to come together instead of us asking a certain group of folks for those donations when we can get the whole entire community to come together"

Last year’s event collected more than 225,000 pounds of food for local food pantries. 

Click Here for more information about Stamp Out Hunger. 

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