TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive returns this month.

It had been canceled last year due to COVID-19, but starting tomorrow letter carriers will begin handing out food donation bags. Residents can fill the bags with non-perishable foods and leave them by their mailbox to be picked up by a letter carrier on May 14.

The food will then be taken to Covenant Cooperative Ministries which will distribute the items to local food pantries. The Union Steward of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 479, Zachary Polifroni, says the food donated stays in our community.

“It’s kind of awesome to be able to work with a local food pantry that stays local and is able to, what we grab from our community to give it right back to the community,” said Polifroni.

“And it doesn’t cost the people anything when they receive the food,” Covenant Cooperative Ministries Volunteer Bob Roush said. “What we get in will go RIGHT BACK to different food pantries where they can give it out.”

When asked if they have a goal for how much food they would like to collect, Polifroni said its just about collecting as much as possible.

“This is pretty big, I mean we go to every single house every single day so if we can get one can from every single house, that’s a lot of food.” Polifroni Said.

“No kids are going to be hungry if we can help it and with each person that has that in their mind that they’re giving to help someone who has no food that night,” said Roush.

The collection of food will begin on May 14.