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Area food drive unbelievable
Organizers grateful for outpouring
food drive
Postal carriers collected about 25,000 pounds of food during the “Stamp Out the Hunger” event. - photo by Submitted
Organizers are heralding the response to a recent food drive by the Cumming Post Office and United Way of Forsyth County.

Kathy Hughes, delivery supervisor for the post office, said residents donated about a “tractor-trailer load of food” last week as part of the “Stamp Out the Hunger” effort.

According to the United Way, residents donated about 25,000 pounds of food. Last year, the effort collected about 2,000 pounds.

“It was just unbelievable how the county pulled together and was helping everyone in need,” said Hughes, who also thanked the 85 letter carriers for their work.

Residents in zip codes 30040, 30041 and 30028 left nonperishable food donations by their mailboxes for postal workers to collect.

“Their trucks were packed full,” Hughes said.

It was the second year the food drive has been held locally in conjunction with the National Association of Letter Carriers.

This year, organizers put a flyer in about 44,000 local mailboxes, alerting residents to the effort.

“It is amazing that something as simple as a flyer could result in such a tremendous response,” said Leigh Crow, the local United Way’s director of community impact.

Contributions went to nine Forsyth County organizations, including the Unseen Ministries Food Bank, The Place, Abba House and several churches.