From press reports
JACKSON MS — On Saturday, May 11, residents across America will be
asked to join the U.S. Postal Service and its delivery carriers to
combat one of this nation’s growing problems — hunger, by leaving
food at their mailboxes. This one-day food drive is the nation’s
largest single-day food drive across America — including Puerto Rico,
Guam and the Virgin Islands.
In 2012, letter carriers nationally collected 70 million pounds of
food donated by customers on their delivery routes. Nearly 1.2
billion pounds of food have been collected since the food drive began
Residents are encouraged to leave non-perishable foods, such as
canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their
mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 11.
Carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail
and take them to their local food bank or pantry. About 50 million
Americans — including 17 million children — now live in families that
lack sufficient food.
Participating Post Offices in Mississippi are Amory, Batesville, Bay
Saint Louis, Belmont, Biloxi, Bogue Chitto, Booneville, Boyle,
Brandon (Hwy. 80 location only), Brooklyn, Carthage, Clarksdale,
Cleveland, Collins, Columbia, Corinth, Crystal Springs, DeKalb, Delta
State University, D’ Iberville, Foxworth, Fulton, Golden, Greenwood,
Grenada, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Holly Springs, Horn Lake, Indianola,
Iuka, Jackson, Kokomo, Laurel, Lexington, Long Beach, Louisville,
Lucedale, Lumberton, Marks, McCarley, McHenry, Meridian, Moss Point,
Natchez, Newton, Ocean Springs, Olive Branch, Oxford, Pace,
Pascagoula, Pass Christian, Pearl, Petal, Philadelphia, Picayune,
Quitman, Ridgeland, Ripley, Senatobia, Southaven, Starkville, State
Line, Terry, Toomsuba, Tupelo, Tylertown, Union, Vancleave,
Vicksburg, Water Valley, Waynesboro, Wiggins, and Yazoo City.
For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive,
visit www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger,
and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.