Letter carriers will collect nonperishable food items in Jefferson and Orleans parishes on Saturday, May 10, as part of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

Participants can leave a sturdy bag containing nonperishable food items such as peanut butter, soups and stews, canned fruits and vegetables, canned meats, tuna fish, chili, cereals, beans, rice or pasta next to their mailboxes prior to regular mail delivery Saturday. The letter carrier will pick up the donations and deliver them to Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to families in need.

Bagged food donations also may be dropped off at local post offices until Friday, May 16. Monetary donations can be made by visiting the Second Harvest Food Bank website, www.no-hunger.org.

Last year, letter carriers collected more than 232,000 pounds of food in the Greater New Orleans area — the equivalent of 193,600 meals. To date, the organization has collected more than 1.2 billion pounds of food nationally.