Farmington and Farmington Hills will again be participating in the nationwide U.S. Postal Service letter carrier food drive this Saturday.
Last year, the drive netted more than 11,500 pounds of food items, which went to Gleaners, Forgotten Harvest, Food Gatherers and 's food pantry.
Residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday.
Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to their local food bank or pantry.
This is the 20th annual "Stamp Out Hunger" drive. In 2011, letter carriers collected 70.2 million pounds of food donated by customers on their delivery routes.
Nearly 50 million Americans — including 17 million children — now live in families that lack sufficient food.