GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Letter carriers across North Carolina will be out picking up food donations on Saturday for the 24th Annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
People are asked to donate non-perishable items and leave them out by their mailboxes before the normal time their letter carrier comes by.
The food will be given to non-profits. The most requested items include cereal, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter and soup.
“We overwhelm the food banks,” said Tony Mainolfi, the food drive coordinator for the USPS in Greenville. “We bring in the most food in one day and they love it because we bring in a lot”.
Mainolfi said letter carriers will be pulling double duty on Saturday. He has been helping with the food drive for over 12 years.
“The Food Bank of North Carolina comes and sets up bins and we put it all in the bins,” said Mainolfi. “They take it back to the station and they separate it. It all stays locally”.
If your donation is not picked up on Saturday, you can contact your local post office or just put back out the donations by your mailbox on Monday.
Last year, the food drive collected nationally almost 71 million pounds of food.