Letter carriers in Lehighton and Jim Thorpe and all throughout Carbon County will be helping stamp out hunger.

"Stamp Out Hunger" is a program sponsored by letter carriers to feed the local needy. The program not only encompasses Carbon County, but the entire state of Pennsylvania and the nation.

Residents will be receiving a brown paper bag along with their mail the week of May 9 and the nonperishable food donations left at their mailbox will be picked up along their routes as they deliver the mail on May 14. The food items will help stock local food banks for the needy.

This one day food drive is part of a nationwide drive designed to fill food bank pantries through the summer months, when levels are traditionally low. Letter carriers from all 50 states and hundreds of cities will participate.

Customers are asked to place nonperishable food items next to their mailbox before the letter carrier delivers the mail. The letter carrier will take the food to the post office where it is sorted and delivered to a local food bank or pantry.

Both rural and city carriers will be delivering a brown gag instead of postcards the week of May 9.