PARTNERING UP TO STAMP OUT HUNGER are U.S. Postal Service officials and Help Agency volunteers, l-r, Trent Heard, Betty Cox Wynne, Nancy Kemp and Terry Hartman.
On this Saturday, May 11, over 10,000 communities nationwide will participate in the largest one day food drive. Cairo and Whigham postal workers will join with postal carriers nationwide for the annual Stamp Out Hunger event.
Local residents are asked to donate nonperishable foods, which will be collected this weekend by postal carriers.
Cairo Post Office food drive coordinator Trent Heard says, “Letter carriers will place postcards in mailboxes a few days before May 12 as a request and reminder to leave nonperishable food in their box for pickup on Saturday. If you don’t receive a card, please leave some food anyway. Your generosity is much appreciated. Our carriers do not mind the extra work they do on this special Saturday to gather your donations. Thank you!”
In the past, bags have been provided for donations to be placed in, but it is not certain the bags will arrive on time. Postal officials and Grady County Help Agency volunteers said to just use plastic shopping bags to hold your donations. In fact, if the bags are tied so they can be untied, Help Agency volunteers can reuse those bags when the donated food is distributed to those in need.
“Last year, Grady County citizens helped Stamp Out Hunger with a combined donation of over 4,000 pounds of donated foodstuff,” said Help Agency food room directors, Mac and Nancy Kemp. “We know this weekend is a super busy one with the car rally and Boys & Girls Club annual 5K run, but we also know Grady countians always step up to help others and will take the time to share a bag of food Saturday, May 12.”