GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — If you see a specially marked postcard in your mailbox, it’s to remind you to participate in the nation’s largest food drive this Saturday.
Known as ‘Stamp Out Hunger,’ it’s sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. U.S. Postal Service coordinator Tony Mainolfi helped start the program in Greenville.
“This is the largest food drive in the nation,” said Mainolfi. “We collect a lot of food for the hungry and it all stays local.”
He says year after year he is encouraged to do it again.
“It’s a good feeling to give back to the community,” Mainolfi said.
This event has helped raise over 35,000 pounds of food locally in the past three years.
Coordinators hope to shatter records this year after Food Lion donated 9,000 pounds of food.
Individuals are encouraged to leave non-perishable food in a bag at their mail boxes on Saturday and the postal carrier will take care of the rest.
The Greenville branch of the Central and Eastern part of North Carolina services over 10 counties in the area. The food donated will go to over 146 thousand individuals, 10 thousand of which are children.
Officials from the Greenville branch of the Food Bank say these small donations help in large ways.
“We’re talking about people who are making hard choices, paying their fuel bill, paying for a car repair, buying a child it’s birthday gift or paying for medicine,” says George Young, Eastern Regional Director for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
He goes on to say, “Folks are just generous in our community, and the folks on the other end receiving are so thankful.”
On Tuesday, Food Lion will donate over 9 thousand pounds of food to the event.
If you are unable to donate on Saturday you are able to donate through the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s website.