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HARAHAN, La. - Mailmen are doing more than just delivering letters on Saturday. They are also hoping to collect food during the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The shelves of Second Harvest food banks of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana will benefit.

Participants should put non-perishable foods in a sturdy bag and leave it next to the mailbox before the mail is delivered Saturday.

Everything from canned soup and vegetables to rice and cereal is being collected.

It is the largest one day food drive in the nation. In 2012, 70 million pounds of food were donated. Over 1 billion pounds of food have been collected since the initiative began in 1993.

Rain should not stop locals from taking part. Officials said letter carriers will pick up even in bad weather - just make sure donations are in a plastic bag that is tied closed.

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