The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) Food Drive, which has collected more than 1 billion pounds of food nationally since 1993, will be held Saturday.

Postal customers should look for a yellow, plastic, degradable food drive bag in the mail during the first week of May. Fill the bag (or any sturdy bag) with nutritious, nonperishable food and and place it by the mailbox early in the day.

Most-wanted nonperishable foods include peanut butter, canned meats, canned and boxed meals, canned or dried beans and peas, pasta, rice cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, 100 percent fruit juice, cooking oil and boxed baking mixes. All donated food stays in the community where it was collected.

Rusty or unlabeled cans, glass containers, perishable items, homemade items, noncommercial canned or packaged items, alcoholic beverages, mixes or soda, open or used items are not wanted.

Those who miss their letter carrierÂ’s daily visit can drop off food donations at any post office by May 16.

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