The local collection will benefit the New Milford Food Bank, operated by the town Social Services Department, and the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality Kitchen, which serves daily meals to those in need.
The Food Bank distributes 150 bags of groceries weekly to local income-eligible families, people with disabilities and the elderly.
This drive is the largest single event to benefit the two New Milford anti-hunger programs each year. It is crucial for enabling them to get through the summer months.
Anyone wishing to participate may do so by leaving a bag of in-date, nonperishable foods by their mail box. The carriers will pick it up and deliver it.
The items most needed are canned meats, fruits, vegetables, soups, juices, coffee, peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, salad dressing and other condiments, cereal and pasta sauce.
Food may also be dropped off at the New Milford Social Services Department office at 40 Main St., between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information about the postal food drive, visit www.helpstampouthunger.com.