Want to help stamp out hunger? Leave bags of non-perishables for postal carriers near mailbox for Saturday pickup

The U.S. Postal Service’s annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 9.

Letter carriers across the country pick up bags of donated food at homes on their routes. Last year, more than 72 million pounds of food was donated, including 360,000 pounds in Idaho.

“This is a great opportunity to help those in our community who are struggling to put food on the table,” USPS District Manager Jimmy Wolf said in a press release Tuesday.

Participants are asked to leave bags of non-perishable items in plastic bags near their mailboxes before mail delivery on Saturday. Non-perishable items include: peanut butter, canned soup, canned vegetables, canned fruits, juices and boxed goods, such as cereal, pasta and rice.

What items shouldn’t you donate? Anything past its expiration date or in a glass container.

The food drive is timed to occur when pantries are running low or depleted. Many receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons.

The list of Idaho post offices and letter carriers collecting food Saturday includes: Boise, Blackfoot, Buhl, Burley, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene, Emmett, Gooding, Idaho Falls, Jerome, Lewiston, Malad City, Meridian, Mountain Home, Nampa, Pocatello, Rexburg, Sandpoint, St. Maries, Twin Falls and several other offices.

Read more about the 23rd annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.