Donating to a local food pantry this weekend will be easier than mailing a letter.

People across the nation are being asked to donate non-perishable food items as part of the United States Postal Service's "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. All you have to do is leave a non-perishable food item or a bag of donations near your mailbox, and your letter carrier will pick it up as part of their regular route.

Organizer and letter carrier Richard Drolet says every donation counts. "We're going to collect roughly 74 million pounds of food this coming Saturday throughout the nation," said Drolet. "It's going to be well over 30,000 pounds locally in New Bedford. We've been doing between 30,000 and 40,000 pounds over the last several years."

Glass containers will not be accepted.

Your donations will go towards several local food pantries, including Damien's Kitchen, Catholic Social Services, PACE, St. Anthony of Padua Church, and others.

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