Those who wish to donate non-perishable food items for the hungry are asked to leave them at their mailboxes Saturday before their regular mail delivery.
Letter carriers across the nation are conducting their annual "Stamp Out Hunger" drive collecting food to give to local food banks.
"Bay Area residents are encouraged to put a bag of healthy, non-perishable food, such as canned vegetables and fruits, tuna fish, peanut butter, rice, dry beans and pasta, near their home or business mailbox on the morning of Saturday, May 14th, prior to your regular mail delivery time," says the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano.
The Contra Costa-Solano organization received 209,000 pounds of food from last year's drive. In the 18 years of the campaign, the Postal Service has collected more than one billion pounds nationwide, the food bank said.