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Residents in zip codes 30040, 30041 and 30028 are asked to leave bags of nonperishable food items by their mailboxes Friday and Saturday. Donations can also be dropped off at the Cumming Post Office on Tribble Gap Road.
Forsyth County residents are asked to use their mailboxes to help end hunger this weekend.
The Cumming Post Office and United Way of Forsyth County have teamed up again to support the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out the Hunger Food Drive.
“The drive is held each year around the second Saturday in May,” said Melissa Corliss, an organizer with United Way. “Nationally, it’s just one day, but our local post office agrees to do it Friday and Saturday.”
This will be the fourth year the local organizations have participated in the event, which nationally has been going on for about 20 years.
Residents are asked to leave a bag of nonperishable food items at their mailboxes Friday and Saturday.
Donations can also be left at the Cumming Post Office on Tribble Gap Road through Saturday.
Postal carriers will pick up all donations left at mailboxes, with all food distributed to local food banks that serve the Forsyth community.
In 2011, the event collected about 12 tons of food.
“Just to help you visualize it, if you can picture a two-car garage, it was enough food to fill it completely up all the way to the ceiling,” said Postmaster Ann Burger after last year’s effort.
The drive is held in early May in order to help food pantries stock up before summer, when there is greater need due to children being home from school.
Ten area food pantries received donations in 2011, and Corliss said about that many will do so this time.
“All the food pantries are here in Forsyth County,” she said. “It’s especially important to help our local food banks at this time of year since their needs increase so much in the summer when kids on free or reduced lunches [at school] need extra help.”
Corliss said the food pantries will pick up donations on Saturday afternoon.
“They come in trucks and cars and whatever else they can and fill them up,” she said. “They’re always very appreciative of the extra help.”
Corliss encouraged participation since she said leaders hope to collect at least as much food as last year.
“We hope folks will remember to put their bags of food out this weekend,” she said.