WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Helping the hungry in our community is as easy as walking to your mailbox this weekend.
On Saturday, May 11, letter carriers will pick up donated non-perishable foods as part of Stamp Out Hunger. Neighbors are asked to fill a bag with food and place it by the mailbox. Non-perishable items recommended include natural nut butters, fruit cups, vegetable juices, oats, brown rice, canned veggies, fruits or beans. Opened and homemade items are not accepted.
The donations will go to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
Food Bank volunteers meet the carriers back at the post office and help unload donations.
Wilmington letter carrier, Amber Blank, is the USPS organizer for the Stamp Out Hunger drive. She calls the work “rewarding.”
“It’s really neighbor helping neighbor, community helping community,” Blank said. “Our community just shines this time of year. It is unbelievable to see how full our trucks will be.”
Beth Gaglione with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina said the need in our community grew after Hurricane Florence.
“Before the storm, there were 70,000 people in need," she said. “We know that number is increased particularly among the senior population. We are working hard every day.”
Last year, letter carriers collected enough food to provide more than 90,000 meals in the Wilmington area.