Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive happening Saturday May 12th

(FOX Carolina)/May 7, 2018

You can take part in the nation's largest one day food drive, and you don't even have to leave your home!

The Stamp Out Hunger food drive takes place Saturday, May 12. Letter carriers around the nation will be collecting donated items that people leave at their mailboxes, including in the Upstate.

Starting Monday, letter carriers began leaving plastic donation bags in mailboxes along their routes, to make giving back very easy.

We caught up with Greenville letter carrier Wayne Harlow, who says he has seen a lot along his mail route with the USPS, and he knows there are real needs out there.

“A lot of us deliver to some of the poorest neighborhoods around and we actually know, we see it firsthand so we all understand," Harlow said.

That's why a huge event this Saturday is so critical. It's the 26th annual Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Harlow tells us the donated items go to local food banks.

“Harvest Hope gets some, Spartanburg will keep theirs in Spartanburg, Easley will stay in Easley, Anderson will stay in Anderson, so the food you are giving, literally could be going to your neighbors," he said.

One of the local food banks receiving those donations is Harvest Hope.

The food drive always happens ahead of the summer season, when giving back tends to taper off.

Briana Hendrix, the food bank drive coordinator with Harvest Hope said, “Since school is out, we see a lot more families in need coming to get support because some of the kids only get their food from school, from their breakfast and lunch, so this food drive will help a lot of kids in need.”

Here are a few more things to know about the drive. You can leave your nonperishable donations for your mail carrier in any kind of bag, or box.

You can leave the items out any day this week, or even next Monday after the drive is over. But the big event will be on Saturday, May 12.

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