DETROIT (WWJ) – One local charity is helping to host what organizers say is the nation’s biggest food drive.
For the 20th year in a row Gleaners Community Food Bank has teamed up with the U.S. Postal Service for the “Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.”
The rally kicked off on Thursday. On Saturday, postal carriers will pick up of non-perishable food donations from homes along their delivery routes.
Jerry Brisson of Gleaners spoke with WWJ Newsradio 950 about the event.
“We do a big rally every year which is the biggest food drive of the year — over 70 million pounds nationwide. And, locally, it’s a milion to a million-and-a-half pounds of food to feed our hungry neighbors,” Brisson said.
Brisson said the need is great.
“As we’re getting right into summer here, especially, when kids are out of school — when they stop getting those meals in school — it’s so important to re-fill the food bank,” he said.
Gleaners will receive food shipments from Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe and Livingston counties.
Participation is easy. Residents are simply asked to collect and bag non-perishable food items and place them out by their mailbox on Saturday.
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