The U.S. Postal Works Stamp Out Hunger food drive will take place May 10.

Letter carriers will pick up packages of nonperishable groceries at mailboxes and deliver them to the New Milford Food Bank at the Richmond Citizen Center and the Loaves and Fishes Hospitality House.

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

In Connecticut, since 2011, 11.9 percent of residents are food insecure and 4.7 percent are very food insecure -- a 70 percent increase since 2006. Many of these residents are children.

In a given month, the New Milford Food Bank distributes an average of 690 bags of food to local residents.

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

Donations that cannot be placed at the mailbox may be delivered to Social Services at the Richmond Citizen Center, 40 Main St., any weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.