COVINGTON, Ky. -- You don't have to even leave your house to help with the nation's largest single-day food drive.
Stamp Out Hunger, now in its 26th year, is a national effort by the National Association of Letter Carriers.
To donate, simply leave a bag of nonperishable food items near your mailbox on Saturday morning. Your neighborhood letter carrier will pick it up and ensure it gets to the Freestore Foodbank and other soup kitchens and food pantries.
Andy Brunsman, executive director of Northern Kentucky food pantry Be Concerned Inc., said the summertime is especially important.
"That's when we see an influx of family coming to us during the summertime months, because if you have two kids who get free or reduced lunch five days a week, well, that's a lot of extra food that you need during the summer to account for that. So we do see an influx during the summer of bigger families coming to us for help and the drive is important is helping to meet that need," Brunsman said.
Most-needed food items include: canned vegetables and fruits, canned soups, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, cereal and canned chicken, tuna and chili.
Stamp Out Hunger is one of the largest food drive to support the Freestore Foodbank's efforts. Nationally, Stamp Out Hunger has collected 1.6 billion pounds of food since it began.