With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, the National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday.
Stamp Out Hunger is the nation's largest single-day food drive.
Last year's drive resulted in carriers collecting 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food. The food drive has become the nation's largest one-day campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families.
Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox Saturday before their letter carrier arrives.
In the days leading up to the food drive, letter carriers will be delivering special bags along with your mail that may be used to make donations.
Food collected during Saturday's drive will be delivered to local community churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution.
While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed.
Canned fruits and vegetables, cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100 percent fruit juice also top the list of most needed items. Cooking oil, boxed cooking mixes, pasta, rice and canned meats are also acceptible.
Rusty or unlabeled cans, glass containers, perishable, expired and homemade items, noncommercial canned or packaged items, open or used items, soda and alcoholic beverages or mixes can not be accepted.
For more information, visit stampouthungerfooddrive.us.