JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Your neighborhood letter carrier will be shouldering a heavier load this weekend to help solve a major issue.
The National Association of Letter Carriers is hosting a nationwide "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive on Saturday, May 10.
"It's a way we can give back to the community on a nationwide basis," said Bob Henning, the president of the North Florida Letter Carriers Union.
You are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items like dry cereals, granola bars, peanut butter and canned fruit and soup. No glass items can be accepted.
All you have to do is leave your donated goods by your mailbox on Saturday for your letter carrier to collect.
This week you should have received a plastic shopping bag along with your mail. It was donated by Publix for you to use to hold your donated items.
Last year, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive collected more than 208,000 lbs. of food in north Florida to help combat hunger. That is the goal for the region again this year.
It's estimated 173,000 meals could be served if the goal is met.
"We're looking forward to doing a better job than last year," Henning said.
Donated items will benefit the Nourishment Network, which acts as a food source for more than 450 agencies that serve thousands of people struggling to put food on their table.
Right now, the Jacksonville-based non-profit reports one in four children and one in six adults in north Florida do not know where their next meal will come from or are actively hungry.
Frank Ormonde, the executive director of the Nourishment Network, said the need for food is especially high during the spring and summer months.
"During the winter and holidays, people are in more of a giving mood. So, we get more food. But during the summer, people are thinking about going out and playing in the sun," he said.
This marks the 22nd year for the annual nationwide food drive.