Vicksburg, Fulton, Schoolcraft and Scotts postal carriers are all participating in the United States Postal Service’s Stamp Out Hunger national food drive, the largest one-day food drive in the nation. It is held every second Saturday in May. This year it’s on May 14 in over 10,000 cities and towns across America.
Carriers in Scotts, Schoolcraft, Fulton and Vicksburg will be happy to pick up any non-perishable food donation left out by individual mail boxes on that day. They then drive the goodies collected to the South County Community Services office at 103 S. Kalamazoo St., in Vicksburg. Volunteers will be on hand to accept the donations and sort them for distribution to those in need.
Danna Downing, executive director of SCCS, warns that any items collected that have an expired date or are damaged cannot be utilized. “It’s very important to receive up-to-date items so we don’t have to dispose of them,” she says. “One year past the BEST IF USED BY or USE BY date on the product is our guideline.”
“In particular, we need canned meats, fish, soups, juice, vegetables, pasta, cereal, peanut butter and rice, all non-perishable foods.”