With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities, 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 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.

Western New York communities donated nearly 1 million pounds of food in the 2018 drive. All food collected is brought to local food pantries, food banks, and soup kitchens. In other words, it stays local.

Donating is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday before their letter carrier arrives.

In the days leading up to the food drive, carriers will be delivering special bags along with your mail that may be used to make donations.

While all non-perishable donations are welcomed, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.

For more information, visit stampouthungerfooddrive.us.

HELP STAMP OUT HUNGER

WHAT TO GIVE

Most-wanted foods include:

• Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon)

• Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)

• Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils)

• Pasta, rice cereal

• Canned fruits

• 100% fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed)

• Canned vegetables

• Cooking oil

• Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads)

WHAT NOT TO GIVE

• Rusty or unlabeled cans

• Glass containers

• Perishable items

• Homemade items

• Expired items

• Noncommercial canned or packaged items

• Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda

• Open or used items.