Postal workers are gearing up for the nation's largest one-day food drive Saturday, May 14, when residents around the nation are encouraged to leave food outside their doors for postal pickup.

The Redwood Empire Food Bank, which distributes food to needy people and also banks food for a variety of local pantries around the North Coast, is among the recipients of the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

About 78,000 people served each month by the food bank are among an estimated 50 million Americans who are food insecure, meaning they sometimes go hungry because they can't afford enough food.

Those donating food should place their contributions in a bag and leave them at their mailboxes before their usual mail delivery time. Recommended donations included canned tuna, peanut butter, stews, soups, pasta, rice or other non-perishable, packaged foods.