For 19 years, Person-to-Person has been the designated recipient of grocery donations collected in Darien during the National Association of Letter Carriers' annual Food Drive.

This year's food drive will be held Saturday.

Palmer's Market donated more than 6,500 brown grocery bags that were delivered to all Darien households Thursday, accompanied by a shopping list of nonperishable groceries.

Residents can help stamp out hunger by filling the bag with newly purchased, nonperishable groceries.

Feel free to add on by using your own bags.

Leave the bags next to the mailbox early Saturday morning for pick-up by the Darien letter carriers, who will take the bags to Person-to-Person for sorting and to fill the emergency food pantry.

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The 31,000 pounds of food collected during the annual food drive stocks the P2P emergency food pantry for five months.

Residents can also help by coming to P2P on Saturday to sort the donated groceries.

Postal trucks will begin arriving at Person-to-Person around noon Saturday, and from 1 to 4 p.m., volunteers will unload the bags and sort the groceries for storage in the Emergency Food Pantry.

It's expected to be a festive atmosphere, filled with a spirit of camaraderie.

Volunteers will be treated to a lunch of hot dogs, chips, soda and water; and with everyone pitching in, the groceries are soon sorted and stored.

This is a great opportunity for people of all ages, including families with children and youth groups, to work together for a very worthy cause.

This Saturday, don't forget to fill your bags with groceries and put them out by the mailbox.

And if you have the time, stop by between 1 and 4 p.m. to help out.

Person-to-Person Inc. was established in 1968 to provide low-income individuals and families living in lower Fairfield County with basic emergency services.

A volunteer-driven agency, Person-to-Person is committed to helping clients achieve self-sufficiency through practical help, advocacy, education and problem solving initiatives.

Programs include Emergency assistance, campership and scholarship.

In 2010, Person-to-Person helped 22,431 people avert crisis and make ends meet.

These efforts are made possible by in-kind donations, a force of more than 2,000 volunteers, and financial contributions.

More information may be found on the web at www.p2pdarien.org or by calling 203-655-0048.