KENNEWICK, Wash. - Despite dealing with federal funding cuts of their own, the U.S. Postal Service is still hoping to 'Stamp Out Hunger.'
The nationwide effort marks it's 21st year this weekend. More than one billion pounds of food have been collected since the drive started in 1993.
It's always held on the second Saturday in May, so Thursday letter carriers dropped off more than just mail. They left bags that you can fill up with non-perishable foods. The Post Office will give it all to Second Harvest.
Everything collected from Stamp Out Hunger in the Tri-Cities stays local and despite the weekend weather being hot, carriers said the extra baggage will be worth it.
"Oh, it's definitely a little extra work. A little extra workout. That's okay. We like to collect lots and lots of canned and non perishable foods, canned and boxed. Preferably not glass. We're hoping to beat our last year's total," said local letter carrier Brenda Nickels.
The Tri-Cities donated more than 35,000 pounds of food in 2012.