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Stamp Out Hunger drive delivers 12,000 pounds of food donations
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The annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive held last weekend by McMinnville Post Office employees collected 12,000 pounds of nonperishable food items.
“It was a success,” said postmaster Brent Nunley. “That’s 12,000 pounds of food the Warren County Emergency Food Bank didn’t have before the food drive. This would not have been possible without the efforts of a lot of people.”
The annual event is part of a national event conducted by the United States Postal Service called Stamp Out Hunger, which is in its 25th year and is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Postal officials say more than 1 billion pounds of food have been collected since the program’s inception in 1993.
Local postal carriers asked residents to make canned food donations at their mailbox. Carriers pick up the items as they deliver the mail.
“This would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of our carriers, clerks and volunteers,” said Nunley. “I want to also thank the folks at Tennessee College of Applied Technology for their drive and contributions as well.”
The food is transported and donated to the Food Bank.
“Special thanks to Dr Pepper for the use of their fine truck, truck drivers Donald and Justin Woodlee. Thanks also to Janet Nunley, Shannon Vanatta, Brandy Turner, Ladonna Fann, Lester Cowell, Anna Griffin, and Judy and Paul Toney and their three children for all their hard work.”
All 12,000 pounds stays local to benefit Warren County residents in need of food.