05/12/2011 01:26 pm ET Updated Jul 12, 2011

Stamp Out Hunger: Donations For Nation's Largest Food Drive Collected May 14

Since 1993, the Stamp Out Hunger food drive has helped families in need across America.

The annual event, put on by the National Association of Letter Carriers, is the country's largest food drive.

With the nation still recovering from an economic slump, the demand on food banks has skyrocketed. According to Feeding America, the nonprofit partner of Stamp Out Hunger, their nationwide network is feeding 1 million more people each week than it did in 2006 before the recession hit.

This year, Stamp Out Hunger is taking place May 14. Even if you haven't planned ahead, you can still participate.

Just fill a bag with nonperishable food items and leave it by your mailbox on Saturday. Your local letter carrier will pick up the bag along their daily mail route and take the items to the nearest food pantry.

This year, Nick Cannon is lending his voice to the campaign, encouraging fellow Americans to get involved.


If you can't participate on May 14, you can visit the Feeding America website for more information on how you can donate food items or make a financial contribution in the future.