The U.S. Postal Workers Stamp out Hunger Food Drive will be held May 14 in New Milford and across the U.S.

Bags of non-perishable groceries can be left at one’s mailbox that day.

Letter carriers will pick up packages and deliver them to the Richmond Citizen Center in New Milford, to help the New Milford Social Services’ food bank and the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House tackle the problem of hunger in this community.

Food insecurity is the lack of assured access to enough food for healthy, active lives.

In Connecticut, 11.9 percent of residents are food insecure and 4.7 percent are very food insecure.

Many of these residents are children and the elderly.

In a given month, the New Milford Food Bank distributes food to about 700 different local residents.

Items most needed are peanut butter, tuna, pasta, sauce, canned soups, vegetables and fruits, canned meals, cereal and juice.

Donations should not be expired, damaged or open

Donations that cannot be left by a mailbox may be dropped off at the Social Services, 40 Main St., weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.