"And we want to fill that basic need", Rock Island Letter Carrier and Food Drive Coordinator Tracey Bultinck said.
One day a year, U.S. Postal Service letter carriers aren't just delivering the mail. "In the past, we've done better than that".
Raymond says postal carries will still be collecting food on Monday, May 14th.
This saturday Postal Carriers will collect non-perishable food donations.
Last year 20 thousand pounds was collected and this year the Wiregrass Food Bank is trying to exceed that amount.
"The response is pretty good", he said.
You can also make a cash donation. In some neighborhoods, it's even more than that.
People across the country left more than letters out for for the mailman. I guess they know how important it is.
Saturday, they were picking up a lot of special packages, too. It was then brought to the post office where volunteers unloaded and sorted through the products, all of which will go back into the local community.
"And today is the date that they are to set them out at their mailbox and we'll pick them up", city letter carrier Curtis Lewis said. The carrier will do the rest.
Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food.
In Columbus, the food is distributed by the United Way of Lowndes County.
There is a growing need for food assistance in Brown County. It comes at a time when food pantries start to be depleted and stock needs to be rebuilt.
The food drive's timing is crucial. Employees at the insurance company collected and donated 667 pounds of non-perishable food items, she said. 16 million are children, according to ACCESS.
Frozen foods, homemade foods or home-canned food items should not be donated.
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).