The 25th annual National Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will be on Saturday, May 13 This food drive has become America’s largest one-day food drive.

Local letter carriers have participated in this national drive for the last 24 years. Last year they collected 4,016 pounds of food from the community. Past donations have totaled over 3,700 pounds. Their goal this year is to collect 5,000 pounds of food for the food bank.

Cathy Irons, a letter carrier who has worked in Winnemucca for the past 13 years, stated that last year 80 million pounds of food was collected. Over the course of the past 25 years, the National Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected over 1.5 billion pounds of food, which Irons called an “awesome achievement.”

On Saturday, May 13, as letter carriers deliver mail, they will also collect donations for the local food bank. It is simple to participate: all customers have to do is leave non-perishable food items they would like to donate next to their mailboxes —the letter carriers will do the rest. Those communities with cluster boxes can leave their donations there or can bring donations to the post office where they will have a drum set up to collect donations until May 15.

All of the donations collected will remain in the community, helping the local food bank. This food drive comes at a crucial time for the food bank, according to officials. With summer looming, students will no longer have school food programs available to them and the food bank’s stores tend to be sparse, having used up most of the surplus from the holidays.

This food drive is run solely by volunteer work from local letter carriers and the post office. The letter carriers use their trucks to transport the donations and at around 5 p.m. on May 13 will use a scale at Ron’s Seed & Supply to calculate the weight of donations collected this year to add to the national tally.

Irons gently reminds those who are interested in donating to make sure donated food isn’t expired.

Anyone interested in helping can leave non-perishable donations at their mailbox on May 13 or in the drum at the post office or contact the Winnemucca Food Bank for further volunteer opportunities at (775) 625-2223.