The United States Postal Service will team up with its letter carriers Saturday, May 13, to conduct the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive to collect food donations and provide assistance to millions of Americans struggling with hunger.

The USPS states that with the economic struggles many Americans face, the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is as critical as ever.

"Not only do millions of Americans go hungry; organizations that help them are in need of replenishments," stated the agency in a press release.

Hunger affects about 50 million people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and veterans. Pantry shelves filled up through winter-holiday generosity often are bare by late spring. And, with most school meal programs suspended during summer months, millions of children must find alternate sources of nutrition.

Letter carriers see these struggles in the communities they serve, and they believe it’s important to do what they can to help. “The Postal Service is pleased to continue supporting the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) as we enter our 25th year together to help Stamp Out Hunger in America,” says Bonifay Postmaster Larry Fern. “I am confident the 2017 campaign will be our best ever.”

The nation’s 175,000 letter carriers - including those in Bonifay and Chipley - will collect food donations left at the mailboxes of generous Americans in more than 10,000 communities and deliver them to food banks and other hunger relief organizations.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2016, generous Americans donated 80 million pounds of nonperishable food raising the total amount of donations picked up over the quarter-century history of the drive to more than 1.5 billion pounds.

Helping Stamp Out Hunger is as easy as checking your mailbox. On Saturday, May 13, People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag—paper or plastic—containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on that Saturday. Your letter carrier will then pick up and deliver the food to a local food bank.

For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, ask your letter carrier, contact your local post office or visit either www.helpstampouthunger.com or www.facebook.com/StampOutHunger, and follow the drive at www.twitter.com/StampOutHunger.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.