JOPLIN, MO.--- Joplin city leaders need your help raising 50,000 pounds of food by this Saturday. It's part of the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Earlier today, Mayor Mike Seibert announced the city's recognition of the May 10th food drive.
The food drive will benefit many local organizations including Souls Harbor, Watered Gardens, Salvation Army, Children's Haven, Lafayette House, and Cerebral Palsy of Tri-County. Last year the drive gathered 38,000 pounds of food, and their goal this year is 50,000 pounds. Food drive organizers say there's often a bigger need for food during the summer.
"As the kids get out of school, we can help feed some of the kids who fall between the cracks," said Tony Wills, Vice President Local 366, National Association of Letter Carriers.
"This is a perfect time for us as citizens to reach out and help replenish those food pantries leading up into the spring and the summer seasons," said Mike Seibert, Joplin Mayor.
You can also take part in the drive. Carriers ask that you put cans in a plastic bag, put it in your mailbox or beside it this Saturday morning.
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