How to help
All postal patrons are asked to place nonperishable items by their mailboxes Friday and Saturday. Items can also be dropped off at the Cumming Post Office on Tribble Gap Road any time from Monday to Saturday.
Mail carriers will be picking up special packages later this week.
On Friday and Saturday, all postal customers are asked to place nonperishable food items in or near their mailboxes for carriers to pick up as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers annual Stamp Out the Hunger Drive.
Food donations can also be made Monday through Saturday at the Cumming Post Office on Tribble Gap Road.
The United Way of Forsyth County is again joining with the post office in the effort. Melissa Corliss, director of community impact, said this is the fifth year for Forsyth to participate in Stamp Out the Hunger, which has been held nationally for 21 years.
She said each year, the county’s participation has grown.
“Last year we estimated about 18 tons of nonperishable items,” she said. “It has grown consistently every year and we hope it will grow again this year.”
All food collected during the event will go to Forsyth County food programs for families in need.
Corliss said the food went to about 10 different charities last year.
“It really assists the local food pantries to supplement their programs, especially during the summer months when the needs increase as students are out of school,” she said.
Corliss noted that the drive is an easy way to give back.
“You just set those canned goods out by the mailbox and they come back to the post office and get distributed to those food pantries that are really helping those in need in our community.”