May 8, 2014
Saturday is your chance to help stamp out hunger in Central Virginia.
The United States Postal Service in Charlottesville is teaming up with the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (BRAFB) in an effort to end hunger with the annual National Letter Carrier's Food Drive.
All you have to do is fill the plastic bag that was left at your mailbox earlier this week with non-perishable and non-glass items. Just hang the filled bag up on your mailbox and they'll pick it up Saturday.
All donations will benefit the food bank.
"It gets us really excited and the carriers kind of have a contest to see who can bring back the most food and how much they can pack on their truck and whether or not their wheels are squatted down by the time they pull up to the dock. They kind of just really turn it into a contest and they get really excited the more food they get," said Cathy Tuberson, Letter Carrier, United States Postal Service.
"Stamp Out Hunger is really important because we're seeing a decline in food donations as we head into the summer months but the need is high as ever. We serve 120,000 people each and every month. That's a lot of people every month. So, we really need this community's help," said Michael McKee, CEO, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
In 2013, McKee says mail carriers collected 70,000 pounds of food which provided 280,000 meals to people in the community.