Letter carriers seek the public’s help during the 25th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive Saturday, May 13.

To participate, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox before the letter carrier arrives.

As letter carriers deliver the mail Saturday across the nation, they will pick up donated food that residents leave near their mailboxes.

Conducted by the National Association of Letter Carriers, the event is the largest single-day food drive in the U.S., a spokesman said in a news release.

Letter carriers will join forces with the Arkansas Foodbank, U.S. Postal Service and others to help fight hunger throughout Arkansas, the spokesman said.

“The Stamp Out Hunger food drive, held annually on the second Saturday in May, has become the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Last year’s drive brought in over 80 million pounds of food and provided assistance to the millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table,” he said.

“Arkansas ranks first in senior hunger, according to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, first in severe hunger, according to the USDA and second in child hunger, according to Feeding America,” the spokesman said. “In total, 549,000 Arkansans struggle with hunger; 20,710 children alone in Pulaski County. That is yet another indicator that hunger deserves to be a top news story in the state of Arkansas.”

Details: U.S. Postal Service local office, nalc.org/food, facebook.com/StampOutHunger or twitter.com/StampOutHunger.