The annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive held last weekend by McMinnville Post Office employees collected approximately 7,000 pounds of nonperishable food.
“It was a great success,” said postmaster Brent Nunley. “That’s 7,000 pounds of food that the 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, held last Saturday, is part of a national event conducted by the United States Postal Service called Stamp Out Hunger, which is in its 23rd 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.
“I want to thank all the carriers who participated in collecting food on their routes,” said Nunley. “Without them, and their sacrificing of their time, this would not be possible.”
The food is transported and donated to Warren County Emergency Food Bank.
“I want to thank Dr Pepper Bottling Company for the use of their truck to transport all the food to the food bank,” said Nunley. “Without them, I truly do not know how we would get all that food transported.”
Volunteers also offered a helping hand.
“I want to thank our high school seniors Daniel Woodard and Jordan Tidwell from the Tennessee Promise Program and our truck drivers Johnny Bond and Jeff Rice,” said Nunley. “Also, I want to think Anna Griffin, Lester Cowell, Judy Toney and all the food bank board members for helping us unload the food.”