Letter carriers across the nation will collect more than just mail Saturday.
The National Association of Letter Carriers and Campbell Soup Co. are sponsoring the 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive. It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive benefiting partner organizations of Feeding America.
In 2012, 70 million pounds of food nationwide were donated. Golden Harvest Food Bank is the local recipient of donations collected during the drive.
“Last year, we got 154,000 pounds of food from that food drive,” said Carrie Jones, Golden Harvest’s special events manager. “To participate, all (that people) need to do is leave a bag of canned goods or nonperishable food items by their mailbox before the mail carrier comes.”
Golden Harvest most needs canned meats and fruits, she said. Protein-rich foods such as peanut butter are also wanted.
The local food bank does not accept baby food or formula.
Letter carriers delivered shopping bags to mailboxes this week that can be used to bag donations, but any sturdy bag is acceptable.
Residents of apartment complexes can leave the bags at the mailbox centers, and people without a mailbox can take donations to any post office, Jones said.
The food drive helps stock shelves at Golden Harvest for the summer months, when donations typically drop and demand increases, she said.