'Stamp Out Hunger' in Fort Wayne

Mail carriers were picking up more than letters Saturday along their routes.

Posted: May 12, 2018 7:38 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Mail carriers were picking up more than letters today along their routes.

That's because Saturday marks the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Usually the bins are filled with letters and gifts.

Now they are filled with food in hopes of feeding Allen County families in need.

"We have all the volunteers, we have organized labor, church groups, and we have scouts and everything that come together for this food drive every year and we couldn't do it without them," coordinator Allen Lauer said.

The food drive will benefit Associated Churches Neighborhood Food Network and other local food pantries.

This one day event can feed the hungry in the area for six to eight months.

"We're a group of about 130 member churches, but we have some of these churches all across the city at some of the different sites that will be serving throughout the course of the day in 2 hour rotations," Pastor Quincy McGhee said.

The mail carriers pick up the food during their mail routes, and sometimes there's so much that it doesn't fit in the truck.

That's where the volunteers come in. Christine Scroggs said volunteering for this is somewhat of a family tradition.

"We've always been involved. All four of our kids have done this since they were little," Scroggs said.

Louer said it really takes the whole community to make this event what it is.

"Without the donation of food, it would not be successful," Lauer said.

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