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Mail carriers will collect food on postal routes

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - For many families in South Georgia, May 14th will be a blessing. The National Association of Letter Carriers will join forces with Second Harvest of South Georgia.

This year letter carriers representing 67 branches will collect food donations from their postal routes."On Thursday on May the 12th we will put a post card in each an every mailbox which reminds them and tells them what we are doing," said the Executive Director of the Thomasville Second Harvest Branch Danny Dukes.

Dukes says last year they raised over 175,000 pounds of food. He says this year they have a goal of 200,000 pounds. "We bring all the food back into here, inspect it, make sure everything's good. Than we distribute it out to our local agencies that are a member with us."

Dukes says the economy has had an effect on the demand for food. "Our donations are not down as far as food coming in, actually our donations are up, but the demand for the food is so much higher than it was."

Folks are encouraged to donate any non perishable food item. A donation bag will be dropped off in every mailbox the day before the pick up.

Dukes says the postal workers will not be working alone. "We'll have volunteers working as well to help go pick that up because we hope their trucks are not big enough to tow it all back."

Dukes says although there are designated donation days like this, folks can donate any day of the year. He says whether it's Christmas or the middle of July, there is always a need for more food.

Dukes says anyone who is willing to donate their time the day of the event can call their local Second Harvest Branch. The number for the Thomasville branch is 229-228-0038.

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