The Wiregrass stamps out hunger

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DOTHAN, Al. (WTVY) - Postal service workers picked up more than mail today. Across the Wiregrass many participated in the 27th annual stamp out hunger food drive.

Thousands of non-perishable food items picked up, sorted out, and distributed to hunger fighting agencies.

"Sometimes people don't realize what it's like going hungry it's just about giving back," said Josh Parker.

Someone who has been giving back for five years - letter carrier Josh Parker says the Wiregrass has many who need the aid.

"Our union is just one of many, so when we all come together and unite we make a difference, we make a change," said Parker.

The wiregrass area food bank has been joining the national association of letter carriers every summer for 27 years.

"It's a good time to give food banks a boost during the summer months during the summer all the kids are out of school and are not being fed by the free and reduced price food program," said Julie Gonzalez, Wiregrass Area Foodbank.

Helping to continue the legacy - were dozens of volunteers and among them - a family starting their own tradition.

"With work it causes me to be away from the family a lot but being able to spend this quality time with my kids and teach them the importance of helping the community that we live in it's just a great moment for me," said Stefanie Bowden, Volunteer.

Last year they raised 12 thousand pounds of food, this year they hope to surpass that. The final number will be announced next week but as far as today goes they collected over 25 thousand pounds of food.