Do you know where you will get your next meal? If so, consider yourself lucky.

One in six Americans, an estimated 49 million households, were food insecure in 2011, and one in five of those were children, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Statistics also show 18.1 percent of Erath County residents - 6,430 people - were food insecure.

Stephenville area letter carriers who typically deliver items to households will be collecting food items Saturday, May 12, to help feed neighbors in need.

From canned pinto beans and soup to tomato sauce and carrots, local letter carriers will join others across the nation in collecting thousands of pounds of canned food as part of the 2012 National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) National Food Drive to "Stamp Out Hunger."

The drive, which began nationally in 1993, has collected more than one billion pounds of food since its inception.

Locally, the food is donated to Project H.O.P.E. and Pantry and More, according to Mike Stephens, Stephenville food drive coordinator.

"The last several years we have collected 4,000 to 4,500 pounds of groceries in Stephenville," Stephens said.

Local pantries have continued to see an increased need for donations as residents continue to struggle to make ends meet, he added.

"Everything they get, whether it is a one item donation or sack full groceries, really helps out," Stephens said. "There are always people needing help, and the pantries never have enough food on their shelves to feel comfortable."

Residents wishing to participate in Stamp Out Hunger should leave items in or near their mailboxes on May 12 for letter carriers to collect.

"People with a post office box can leave items at the office Friday and Saturday mornings and individuals living in apartment complexes can leave donations near their mailboxes as well.

"If they (donations) are by a mailbox we will pick them up," Stephens said.