Scotland postal workers try to stamp out hunger

By Nolan Gilmour -

LAURINBURG — Letter carriers plan to carry out their annual food drive next month.

The U.S. Postal Service in Scotland County and across the country will be collecting non-perishable food items on May 13 as part of the National Food Drive.

The event is put on by the National Association of Letter Carries in conjunction with the USPS and United Way of Scotland County.

County residents can participate by leaving non-perishable food in the mailbox and letter carriers will be pick up food for the drive.

“If we have to make second trips to collect food, all our carriers will be happy to do it,” said Isiah Wright, the local coordinator for the food drive . The post office ran into this in 2015 when letter carriers had to make additional trips to collect food on top of their daily routes.

The post office had to make additional trips to collect food on top of their daily routes in 2015.

The USPS is mostly looking for residents to donate canned food, dried food, such as rice, noodles, and will also accept other anything they are given, according to Wright.

“We accept whatever we get because you never know who needs what,” he said. “In the past, we have received excellent support from the Scotland County residents, and we would like to continue and just push it forward and collect more.”

Last year’s local effort saw more than 9,000 pounds of food being collected by the USPS and donated to the local food bank in Scotland County.

“As we collect the food, we distribute it to the food bank and they then distribute it to the ones in need,” said Wright who has been coordinating the food drive in Scotland County for 12 years.

For those who are box holders at the post office, receptacles will be provided in the lobby of the post office for donations.

“We get to help out the people who are in need during the summer months,” Wright said.

Local letter carriers are prepared to collect as much as 20,000 pounds of food, but said they would still consider the event a success if they collect 3,000 pounds.

By Nolan Gilmour

Reach Nolan Gilmour at 910-506-3171

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