For 25 years, postal workers across the country have dedicated one day in May to picking up food donations for food banks.

That simple idea — called Stamp Out Hunger — has led to more than a billion pounds of donated food over the years. Last year, donations topped 80 million pounds of food, which helped about 64 million people.

Stamp Out Hunger is an annual postal carrier food drive that has collected more than a billion pounds of non-perishable food over the past 25 years. Contributed by the Smithville Times

This year’s Stamp Out Hunger day is on Saturday, May 13. All you have to do is leave non-perishable food donations in a bag by your mailbox, and your carrier will do the rest.

Food banks and pantries often receive the majority of their donations during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, and by springtime, the organizers say, most pantries are entering the summer low on supplies at a time when many school breakfast and lunch programs are not available to children in need. Donations in Central Texas will go to the Central Texas Food Bank, which is hosting its 21 County Fair on May 20.