It’s that time of year again when letter carriers attempt to “Stamp Out Hunger” in this state.

 It’s part of the annual Regional Food  Banks of Oklahoma’s Feeding Hope and Letter Carriers Food Drive. Saturday, May 10 has been set aside for carriers to pick up canned food donations from households on their routes.

 “Right now, it’s more important than ever because we’re down in our pounds of food, compared to a year ago,” said Angie Gaines, director of marketing and communications for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. To make this happen, residents are asked to fill the plastic donation bag they will receive in the mail the week of May 5.

 Residents can use any plastic bag, as well. Just fill it with canned donations, and place it by your mailbox that May 10 Saturday before your carrier arrives.

 These canned food  donations in Ada will benefit  Ada Family Crisis Center, Ada Youth Shelter and the Salvation Army.

 Here’s a list of some of the most needed items:

• canned meats;

• meat-based soups;

• canned fruits;

• canned vegetables;

• peanut butter;

• rice and beans.

 Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off at participating post offices.

  For more information, call Gaines at 405-604-7109. Monetary donations can be made by calling 405-600-3131 or emailing

 “Everybody can make a difference by donating non-perishable items,” Gaines said. “It makes a huge difference.”

 Last year this organization, one of two in Oklahoma, collected 885,000 pounds and $1.3 million in donations from 127 cities. The annual letter carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” drives began 21 years ago in this state.