South Mississippians donated an estimated 8,000 pounds of non-perishable food items Saturday. The donations were part of the Letter Carriers of America, annual food drive.
The event, which started 17 years ago, has become the largest one day event of its kind in the country.
"Over the last 17 years, it has been close to one billion pounds of non perishable food items. Here in the coast area, last year we collected a little over eight thousand pounds I believe," said Greg White, a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier.
White has been a letter carrier on the Coast for more than two decades. He actually took the day off to help with the effort.
Residents were asked to leave a bag of non perishable food alongside their mailboxes, and many did exactly that.
"We have found out, doing this over the years, it is the people that have the least who wind up giving the most," White said. "And per capita, it is the Gulf Coast, that, to me, tops everybody in the state of Mississippi."
White says he is always amazed at the generosity shown by South Mississippians. He expects the food drive to get bigger every year.