Published: May 10, 2011 7:28 PM EDT
Updated: May 10, 2011 4:26 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla - Do you have your nonperishable food set aside for this Saturday’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive?

The 19th annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive takes place on Saturday, May 14.  This is the one day of the year when letter carriers collect food that has been left in or hanging from mailboxes.

Most of the food collected in Lee County will go to the Harry Chapin Food Bank for distribution to its 170 participating nonprofit agencies at no cost to them.

Collier County food will go to Collier Harvest.

For those who prefer donating money rather than food items, letter carriers will be on the alert for envelopes addressed to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.  For each $1 donated, the food bank can purchase $6 in food and services.

During this week, letter carriers will be leaving two reminders in mail boxes:  Campbell’s Soup Company has provided reminder cards for all mailboxes and Publix Supermarkets have donated grocery bags for your contribution.

Individuals who are not able to leave their food items by the mailbox on May 14 are encouraged to drop off their contributions at any Post Office; the items will be added to the May 14 contributions.

Virtually any kind of food may be donated in unopened, nonbreakable containers.  Items especially in need are peanut butter, tuna, rice, beans, and canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and soups.

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