SALEM, Va. -

It might seem like things are going well at Feeding America Southwest Virginia in Salem.

But, when you feed more than 125-thousand people a month, you begin to realize food items won't last for long and shelves could be empty before you know it.

"It's an ongoing need, it's a big job, but this obviously helps. Stamp Out Hunger really helps us get food out and get choices out too," explains Feeding America's Walker Nelms.

Stamp Out Hunger started in the 90's as an initiative by the National Association of Letter Carriers, or NALC, to feed people who needed help.
Soon, they joined forces with local food banks across the country.

"Decided that Spring would be the best time, because that's when the food banks are at their lowest, so this is the biggest drive for the food banks in America," explains Jenny Hall, President of the Roanoke Chapter of the NALC.

Wednesday morning, the groups announced they were at it again.
Last year, more than 415-thousand pounds of food were collected in a 26-county region.
Making it #1 nationally in collections, for an area this size.

Says Hall, "You'd be surprised at how generous these people are, and we're so happy that we live here and we can deliver mail here and pick up the food Saturday. It's going to be amazing."

Organizers hope to continue their streak, especially when it benefits so many.

Letter carriers will be distributing bags for the Stamp Out Hunger event, Thursday and Friday.

They're asking that you put those bags, filled with non-perishable, healthy food items, out on Saturday so your letter carrier can collect them.