ROCKINGHAM — Clifton Garrison of the Rockingham Post office is doing more than just handling mail this Saturday.
He along with other Rockingham and Hamlet city and rural carriers are on a mission to collect food for those in need.
Garrison has been steward of the food drive since 2008 and said the program has grown substantially over the years.
“The first year I was steward we collected about 2,500 pounds of food,” Garrison said. “Last year, it was 19,850 pounds. That’s a big difference. It’s grown a lot.”
The 22nd Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive will be an all-day event. Stamp Out Hunger, the country’s largest single-day food drive. Created by the National Association of Letter Carriers in response to the need they saw every day on their routes, the campaing has provided more than 4.9 million meals over the past 8 years.It is part of
Leading up to the big day, carriers passed out special food donation bags for people on their routes to fill with donations of nonperishable items. Carriers ask that customers leave the bags near their mailboxes or on the porch where they can be collected Saturday along their regular routes.
Anyone who does not have one of the bags can still donate by leaving food clearly marked for this purpose in or around the place mail is normally delivered at their home. Garrison added that a cart will be set up outside the post office in Rockingham for people to drop off food donations during the day on Saturday.
“Everything collected from this food drive stays right here in Richmond County,” Garrison said. “I think that’s the best thing about it. I think the carriers are doing some good for the community, and we would like to thank all our customers for their support during this event.”
The main pick-up day is Saturday, but Garrison said the carriers have received plenty of early donations this week.
After collection, all of the food will be taken to Our Daily Bread Food Ministry on Randolph Street in Rockingham.