Nearly one in six Americans don't have enough money to get the food they need to eat each day. One out of every four kids in the U.S. struggles with hunger — that's 17,200,000 hungry kids! They are our neighbors, our friends, our kids' classmates and our community members. It's just not right that they should go hungry.

For 19 years, the U.S Postal Service has hosted the nation's largest food drive with its Stamp Out Hunger program. All you have to do to participate is leave a bag of non-perishable food near your mailbox on May 14. Your letter-carrier will pick up the bag and deliver it to your local food bank. Simple as that.

Last year, postal workers from 1,500 U.S. postal branches across the U.S. collected a record-setting total of 77.1 million pounds of food donations, bringing the overall total of the program more than 1 billion pounds of food. That's food that goes straight into the cupboards of people in your local community, and it can mean the difference between failure and success or even life and death.

I've got my bag ready. How about you?

Stamping out hunger
Mark your calendars for the nation's largest food drive on Saturday, May 14, 2011.