The largest single day food drive in Southern Arizona takes place Saturday, May 12.

Residents are asked to fill a bag with non-perishable food items and leave it by their mailbox. Letter carriers will pick up those bags at the “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, which takes place here and across the country in what organizers call the largest one-day food drive in the United States.

The drive collected more than 224,000 pounds of food last year. This year’s goal is to reach 300,000.

“This food is essential to supply families in need this summer, a particularly challenging time when utility costs increase and additional food is needed for kids who are out of school,” Michael McDonald, CEO of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona said in a prepared release.

How does it work?

Residents are asked to leave a bag of non-perishable food by their mailbox before their mail is delivered on Saturday, May 12.

Letter carriers will collect the food donations and volunteers will sort, pack, and deliver the food to the main warehouse of the food bank.

Most needed items include peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, cereal, pasta, beans, rice and canned vegetables, canned fruit and canned soups.

Residents are asked not to donate anything in glass containers, items that will melt or perish in the heat, or any non-food items, including soda and beverages.

The food bank is grateful for the support of the United States Postal Service, the National Association of Letter Carriers and Tucson Electric Power.

“Tucson Electric Power has supported this important event for many years with both funding and volunteers. We’re proud to be part of an event that makes such a tremendous impact for our community,” said Dave Hutchens, TEP president and CEO.

“Letter carriers and many other volunteers pour a lot of time and energy into this drive. We are confident our 26th year will be a huge success,” said Dan Versluis, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 704.