PITTSBURG — Local food banks will soon be receiving an influx of food.

May 12 is the annual National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger food drive, the largest one-day drive in the nation.

Pittsburg Postmaster Robert Vacca said both city and rural mail carriers will start distributing blue food bags to residents along their route next week.

The bags, which are printed with a Family Circus comic, will allow interested residents to fill them with any non-perishable food items, such as canned goods or jars of peanut butter, among other items, for donation.

Vacca said the bags should be left by the mailbox on May 12.

He said the bags are a more recent innovation — in the past carriers have simply left cards in mailboxes — but in the last few years the bags have seen a better response.

Three local food pantries will see the benefit, Wesley House, Safehouse Crisis Center and Christ Community Church.

“For a lot of food banks across the country this is one of the largest contributions they get,” Vacca said.

In addition to the sacks, there will be donation barrels in the post office for those who want to bring food by, or have postal boxes.

“We’re not going to turn anyone away,” Vacca said.

The drive has been going on for more than 20 years on the second Saturday in May, and takes place in more than 10,000 towns in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

All food collected within the community stays local.

— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at prichardson@morningsun.net, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.