The National Association of Letter Carriers' "Stamp Out Hunger" annual food drive takes place Saturday across the nation and in local communities.
Local organizer Diane Purcelli said this year's drive is "going green" by asking donors to use their own bags. In the past, carriers have distributed donation bags.
Donations should be put out by 9 a.m. wherever your mail is delivered. Carriers will pick them up during their rounds, so some goods may not be picked up until late in the afternoon, she said.
The most needed items are cereal, pasta, pasta sauce or spaghetti sauce, rice, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meals (such as soups, chili and pasta), 100 percent juice, peanut butter, macaroni & cheese, canned protein (tuna, chicken and turkey), beans (canned or dry).
You also can donate healthy, low-sodium, low-sugar items such as beans, oatmeal and other whole grains, and canola or olive oil.
Donations of frozen, home-made and home-canned foods, expired foods or foods in glass containers cannot be accepted.
All donations stay local, according to the carriers' website: bit.ly/21IeYcO.