Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations from homes Saturday as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

The 17th annual National Association of Letter Carriers National Food Drive to "Stamp Out Hunger" is the largest one-day food drive in the nation. The drive brought 70,000 pounds of food to the Lowcountry Food Bank last year.

Customers can leave their non-perishable food donation in a bag near their mailbox Saturday before their letter carrier arrives. Letter carriers will collect the donations during normal deliveries.

Among the most-wanted items are canned meats, canned or boxed meals, canned or dried beans and peas, pasta, rice cereal, canned fruits, 100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed), canned vegetables, cooking oil, and boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads). Don't include items in glass containers, homemade items or those that are expired.