The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday, May 8, 2010. It’s so easy to donate non-perishable food to this excellent cause. All you have to do is put non-perishable food in a sturdy bag (an excellent use for that old plastic grocery bag with handles you have shamefully still hanging around under your sink), and then put the bag out by your mailbox before your mail carrier comes on Saturday. It’s that easy. The food will be delivered to local food banks and pantries.

One of the most frequent topics that I covered in 2009 about food was the increase in the use of food banks and food pantries by people that had never thought they’d be the ones asking for assistance. That story may have been big last year, but the need this year is still as large. Food banks have seen a 30 percent increase in demand since the economy has gone downhill.

So grab that bag from under the sink, or any bag that will be easy for your letter carrier to carry, and fill it with a few non-perishables that you can part with.

If I can't convince you to do it, maybe David Arquette can. (Can you tell that Campbell’s is a sponsor of Stamp Out Hunger?)

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

A good use for a plastic grocery bag
On Saturday, May 8, David Arquette wants you to fill a bag full of food and help Stamp Out Hunger.