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Local mail carriers collect donations for 'Stamp Out Hunger'

Local mail carriers collect donations for 'Stamp Out Hunger'
Posted at 11:12 PM, May 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-13 19:35:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - It's that time of year where it's easy to spot grocery bags hanging from mailboxes and front doors.

Mail carriers in Tallahassee picked up a lot more than letters Saturday. They're working to "Stamp Out Hunger" with the help of America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend.

"We put out bags for customers on the route to put food in and we come around on the day before Mother's Day and we pick them up off the street," said local mail carrier Talbot Vanbrunt. "We take them back to our post office. Second Harvest, who is the food bank here in Tallahassee, collects all the food that we bring in and they distribute it through there food bank."

"It is of course to feed the hungry there is a huge crisis in the community with the economy and everything going on," said Cynthia Mundell, Dir. of Finance, Second Harvest of the Big Bend. "We feed the people in the community for every pound of food that we receive we can provide 1.2 meals."

"Of course delivering the mail were out here everyday and were apart of the communities that we deliver too but this one day it's just a little bit more that we do and the customers also do their contribute we couldn't do this without their contribution," said Vanbrunt.

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Volunteers in fact these two individuals here, when you go to a mobile pantry for instance you'll see a line individuals showing up and they are very appreciative to have a meal that can fill the gap. A lot of the meals are not provided to just homeless. A lot are working individuals that just cant make ends meet this helps them fill that gap and help feed their family. It is absolutely wonderful it brings great joy to us to see everybody pitching in to help us fight hunger," said Mundell.

According to America's Second Harvest, just $100 can feed 400 children and seniors in need in the Big Bend.

If you missed Saturday's opportunity to give, it's never too late. Second Harvest of the Big Bend is always accepting donations at their Tallahassee location and online at fightinghunger.org.