Local members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will Stamp Out Hunger on Saturday, May 12, 2012, by collecting nonperishable food donations from their regular postal routes and delivering them to Second Harvest Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley and Northeast Pennsylvania for distribution to agencies serving area families in need. Letter Carriers will be aided by volunteers from Teamster Local 773, the Rutgers Alumni Club of the Lehigh Valley and the Northampton Probation Department.

To participate in the drive, leave factory-sealed, nonperishable food items in a visible place by your mailbox before your regular delivery on Saturday, May 12. Be sure to put everything in a sturdy bag that is clearly marked so your Letter Carrier knows to collect it. Truck drivers from the Postal Service and Teamsters Local 773 will then make a special delivery of your generosity to Second Harvest Food Bank where it will be inspected and sorted for distribution to where it is so desperately needed in our neighborhoods.

The items most needed by Second Harvest include cereal, peanut butter, pasta, rice, tuna and canned soup, fruits or vegetables. You can also donate nonfood items such as diapers, and personal care items, like shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant. For safety reasons, nonglass containers are preferred.

Some letter carriers will also be delivering specially marked paper bags in which to put your donations. If you're unsure where or not your letter carrier is participating, contact your local post office.

Last year, letter carriers delivered more than 300,000 pounds of food to Second Harvest and its member agencies bringing the total collection for Stamp Out Hunger! history in the Lehigh Valley to more than one million pounds for families in need in the food bank's six county service area. Donations provide a critical boost for Second Harvest in the summer months, a time when supplies are low and school breakfast and lunch programs are not available for area youth.

"Again this year, we are counting on our good friends who are members of the National Association of Letter Carriers to join with the community in gathering food for our hungry neighbors," says Second Harvest Director Ann McManus. "If it were not for this massive effort, many people would go without needed nutrition. We are grateful for all they do for the Food Bank and for our region."