Postal workers pick up food and letters to help hungry families

Postal workers pick up food and letters to help hungry families
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POSTED: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 7:04pm

Postal workers across Baton Rouge did their part this weekend to 'Stamp Out Hunger.'

Families filled up grocery bags and left them on their mail box to help hungry people in the Baton Rouge area, Saturday. It was all part of the National Association of Letter Carrier Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

"You want to do something to give some of your time back to the community," Joseph Powell, retired letter carrier, explained.

Powell helped with the event for the past 18 years. He says the event is a great way to bring his coworkers together help hungry families.

"They get out and say no mater what we are going to pick this food up and we are going to bring it back, because they know what the cause is," Powell said.

Powell said nearly 50 million Americans or one in six people don't know where their next meal will come from.

"Being a male man you deliver mail all over the city," Powell described. "You can see the need in different neighborhoods. One thing you hate to see is young kids out hungry."

Hunger is a problem he's seen first hand in Baton Rouge:

"I went and got a sandwich for lunch, and little boy was standing outside. The little boy asked me for a dollar. I asked him what he wanted. He wanted to get something to eat, so I gave him my sandwich that I had bought for me for my lunch. He took the sandwich he didn't eat it and ran with it like he was going to share it with somebody else like he was happy to have a sandwich."

Powell felt humbled by the number of people willing to put a few cans, or boxes of food out for families in need.

"It touch my heart it really does. We try and promote the food drive. No matter how much we promote it if the people we are pleading to don't hear our plea and respond we have nothing," Powell said.

He explained it is never to late to help: "If you forget today then make that checkout it will still be good next week."

Last year, more than 70 million pounds of food ended up in food banks in the United States as a result of the postal drive.

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