While L.A. County boasts many thriving industries and endless sunshine, it’s also home to one of the nation’s largest accounts of hunger.

According to the L.A. Food Bank, an estimated 1.4 million people in Los Angeles County live with food insecurity, which means that approximately 16% of Angelenos do not know where their next meal is coming from.

Every May, the National Association of Letter Carriers hosts the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, the largest, single-day food drive in the nation.

With the economic struggles many people face, the food drive is as critical as ever. And not only do people go hungry, the organizations that help them are in dire need of replenishments.

Pantry shelves that are filled up through the generous giving during Thanksgiving and Christmas are often bare by late spring. Additionally, most school meal programs are suspended during summer months, leaving many children to find alternate sources of nutrition.

That’s why we need your help to stock shelves and help feed the families and individuals that need it most. You can take part in the action and make a difference! Here’s how:

· DONATE! Simply fill a grocery bag (or two) with healthy, non-perishable food such as canned soup, canned vegetables, canned meats and fish, pasta, peanut butter, rice or cereal, next to your mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Please make sure they are not expired!

· VOLUNTEER! United Way of Greater Los Angeles is hosting a number of open volunteering sessions! We’re looking for people to help us sort foods at local post offices throughout L.A. County on May 12. If you're interested in volunteering, click here.

· SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your workplace, neighbors and friends, and your social media networks about this easy way to make an impact.