Food drives are popular at Thanksgiving and Christmas, when people are more likely to donate during holidays that revolve around family gatherings and food.

But a national food drive on Saturday, May 9, in the middle of spring, stands out because of the time of the year that it's happening and because it's happening during a global recession -- when there are more hungry people who have lost their jobs.

The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, in its 15th year, will likely come in handy for more people this year due to the economy. While many unemployed people are lucky enough not to go hungry, many people -- working and the unemployed -- do, and Saturday is a day to help.

The thing I like best about this food drive is that you only have to put a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox and the letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to local food banks. No need to drive somewhere or drive around town trying to find your local food bank.

Thousands of local post offices will be participating in the program, although some are unable to. The Postal Service recommends searching the USPS Web site to find contact information for your local post office and find out if your letter carrier is participating.

It also asks that food items that have expired or are in glass containers not be included in any donations.

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