With the help of some familiar people in blue uniforms, it’s now Ottawa’s turn to end hunger.

“This is the 27th year the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) has done this, and we collected around 10 to 12,000 pounds of food last year,” Ottawa Post Office officials said.

This Saturday, letter carriers, local businesses and food nonprofits are asking for the public’s help in the 27th annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger food drive. The collective is asking area residents to leave non-perishable food donations by their mailboxes for letter carriers to pick up. The food will then be distributed to local and regional food banks, including Hope House of Ottawa and Harvesters Community Food Network of Kansas City.

With the help of Price Chopper, letter carriers have already distributed an informational postcard and plastic bag to hold donations to most area mailboxes.

We have delivered to each mailbox a postcard got all the information on it. We are also delivering to all the mailboxes, through the assistance Price Chopper, Price Chopper shopping bags that have the Stamp Out Hunger information on the bag.

“On average, these bags have shown to increase food collected by the NALC drive by 30 to 40 percent,” Price Chopper official said.

For more information on the food drive, visit stampouthungerfooddrive.us