GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — 26 years – that’s how long it’s been since the postal service and food banks across our country have teamed up to beat hunger.
Since then over one billion pounds of food has been collected.
The initiative is called “Stamp Out Hunger”.
People simply put a bag of non-perishable food items on their mailbox this morning and throughout the day mail carriers would deliver their mail in return for a donation to the foodbank.
Last year “Stamp Out Hunger” collected over 20,000 pounds of food just here in the east
“It’s our way of giving back to the community. We’re helping feed the hungry,” said Tony Mainolfi, food truck coordinator for the U.S. Postal Service in Greenville. “There are a lot of people that are low on food and need our help. We’re partnering with the Food Bank of Eastern North Carolina, which distributes all the food locally.”
This program originally began in a few cities and spread across all 50 states with the great success it’s seen.