The Berkshire Eagle reports the national food drive, now in its 26th year, will be held Saturday.

Letter carriers and a host of volunteers will drive around Berkshire County that day, collecting donations of nonperishable food people leave in or near their mailboxes.

A lack of consistent access to food affects thousands of people across the state.

Volunteers for Saturday's food drive start collecting donations about 9 a.m., bringing them to the Pittsfield post office on Fenn Street.

Student volunteers and members of Berkshire Community Action Council and Berkshire United Way help out during the whirlwind day, when all the donations are collected, weighed, boxed and loaded up. Please pitch in.