BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A nationwide campaign is coming to life in South Mississippi, all thanks to a special team of volunteers.
The National Association of Letter Carriers is holding its 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, hoping to feed those in need.
The food drive has collected more than 1 million pounds of food across the country, and post offices on the Coast are preparing to lend a helping hand.
"Have everybody put their canned goods and dry goods in a bag, or a cardboard box, out by the mailbox so that we can come by and pick up the donations and get them to those that need it," said Biloxi postmaster, Scott Bailey.
According to Bailey, the timing of this food drive will help parents who struggle to put food on the table during summer break. The donations will also help food pantries and homeless shelters across the Coast.
One of the shelters benefiting from the donations is Seashore Mission in Biloxi. Director Judy Longo says her organization serves around 700 meals a week.
"These canned goods will certainly help us feed those that are homeless and sheltered or poor or anyone that needs food on the table," said Longo.
Longo believes the drive is a great way to get the community involved with helping those in need.
"People ask me all the time, 'Judy what can we do to help the mission,' or 'What can we do to help serve you.' Here's your opportunity," Longo said.
Although the official collection day is Saturday, Bailey says the goods can be left at mailboxes before then. The public is also encouraged to bring dry goods to the post office.
The National Association of Letter Carriers suggests donating items like canned vegetables, cereal, peanut butter, rice, and other non-perishables.