The National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive is slated for Saturday.

The local branch at the Stephenville Post Office has participated for the last 10 years.

“The response from our community has been very good,” Michael Stephens, letter carrier, said. “We probably have averaged close to 6,000 pounds per year in collected food. Everything we pick up stays here in our community and distributed by the Project Hope food pantry.”

Jill Scott of H.O.P.E, Inc. said the food comes in at a critical time - when kids are out of school for the summer. She said some of the families cannot afford to make ends meet during summer months because their children are no longer receiving meals at school.

Stephens said only non-perishable items will be accepted like canned meats, soups, juice, pasta, cereal and rice. Also, be sure the food left out has not expired and do not leave anything in a glass container.

All donations should be left at the mailbox before your letter carrier arrives. Even apartment dwellers can leave donations be their mailboxes.

Stephens said. P.O. Box customers can also bring in donations and place them in a hamper provided in the post office lobby.