On Saturday, May 10, Pepperell residents can support the nation's largest one-day food drive simply by walking out to their mailbox! Local members of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be collecting bagged donations of non-perishable food items along with the mail and delivering them to PACH Outreach, the sole food pantry for residents of Pepperell.

"Too many people in this country are still going hungry every day," said NALC President Fredric Rolando. "As letter carriers, we see this firsthand in just about every community we serve."

While food banks and shelters usually benefit from an upswing in charitable donations during the winter holiday season, by springtime, stocks can dwindle sometimes to critically low levels.

"Helping local support organizations deal with this post-holiday lull in donations is the main reason we hold our national drive on the second Saturday in May," Rolando said, adding that since many school meal programs are suspended during summer months, millions of children are left scrambling to find alternate sources of nutrition. "It's such an easy way for our customers to help people in their own communities."

Last year's "Stamp Out Hunger" drive collected more than 74.4 million pounds of nonperishable food nationally -- the second-highest amount since the drive began in 1992.

PACH Outreach, a volunteer-led, community-based, non-profit organization providing short-term assistance to Pepperell residents during difficult times, serves scores of families and individuals each year, including many seniors, veterans and disabled residents. To volunteer or donate, contact the PACH office at 978-925-9770 or pepperell@pachoutreach.org.