The National Association of Letter Carriers will hold its 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on Saturday, May 11
Non-perishable food donations will be collected by U.S. Postal Service mail carriers on their routes that day.
Shopping bags will be in the mail this week along with information about the drive. Contributors are asked to fill the shopping bags with non-perishable items and place them near their mailboxes for collection on Saturday.
You may also drop off your food donation directly at the former location of MeMa's Restaurant at 430 East Broad Street Smithville which serves as the collection center for the Second Harvest Food Pantry, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church. All goods collected in DeKalb County will be distributed locally.
The association's food drive is held annually on the second Saturday in May and contributions are made from all across the U.S.
Since its inception in 1992, letter carriers have collected 1.2 billion pounds of food, according to the organization's website.
The issue of hunger is a growing concern. Fifty million people nationwide are directly affected, including 17 million children and 9 million senior citizens. The drive's timing coincides with the summer months, when many children do not have alternatives to their school's meal program.
More information about the food drive can be found at www.nalc.org.