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BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – Local mail carriers will pick up more than just letters this weekend.

They will also collect food donations as part of the nation's largest annual food drive called "Stamp Out Hunger."

Donating to the cause is simple. All someone has to do is leave a bag of non-perishable food items by the mailbox on Saturday, May 11. The letter carriers will then deliver it to an area food pantry, like Batesville Help & Hope.

In the past when Carolyn Wilson has seen a bag set by a mailbox, she's thought: "Oh, praise the Lord because that is a giving person."

Wilson hopes a lot of people in the Batesville area are in a giving mood this weekend.

"If you have just one or two cans, those cans will go to good use," she said.

Wilson is the food coordinator at Batesville Help & Hope, which expects to receive about 10,000 pounds of food through the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive.

"I hope that Help & Hope has more than they know what to do with," said Doug Davis, a local letter carrier. "That would be exciting."

Davis and the other letter carriers in Batesville will be busy Saturday. They will not only deliver mail that day but also pick up food donations along their routes.

"We have all these things that happen like in Boston and around the world," he said, "and you know what – people always step up and help folks that are hurting."

All the donations collected this weekend should last less than two months at the food pantry because of the growing number of people in need in the Batesville area.

"It's amazing how fast the food goes out of here," Wilson said. "We serve about 1,200 families a month."

Wilson has seen the amount of giving go up each year during the letter carriers' food drive, and she fully expects that trend to continue this time.

"Just make sure that you have your bag at the mailbox [Saturday]," she said. "That is the main thing for this Saturday!"

The "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive is happening all across the country and Northeast Arkansas.

People should not worry if they're not home Saturday or forget to leave a bag of food outside. The letter carriers say they will still pick up donations through next week.

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