For the past 22 years, postal workers have been collecting food along their routes on the second Saturday of May. This weekend they're hoping to collect 50,000 pounds of food in Joplin that'll stay here to help people within the community. Postal worker Tony Wills tells News Talk KZRG why the annual food drive is hosted in May.
"Most of the food banks are running low once it gets to summer time. Most food drives are done around the holidays and the food banks are full, but once the kids start getting out of school, we like to start filling up the food banks."
Mayor Mike Seibert even proclaimed the day to be National Letter Carrier Food Drive Day in Joplin. He says participating couldn't be easier.
"All they have to do is take their non-perishable items and set them outside where they have their mail delivered. A group will come by and pick up those items."
Wills suggests putting your donation out before 8 a.m. since extra workers will be out picking up the food. They also ask that you put your items in a plastic bag for easier pick-up.