The National Association of Letter Carriers' annual food drive is set for Saturday, May 11. While delivering mail, "letter carriers will pick up canned goods and other non-perishable food left by customers in marked bags," a press release from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said.
Last year, the event raised more than 70 million lbs. of food, the Postal Service said.
Virtually the same for 20 years, the U.S. Postal Service has changed the barcodes it uses to help deliver mail.
The POSTNet, used for the last 20 years, was replaced Jan. 28 by the Basic-Service Intelligent Mail, or IMb, barcodes. The postal service hopes that businesses who use the basic service will eventually switch to full-service IMb's.
Just as physical mail has been in decline with the rise of electronic communication, so too are stamps starting to disappear.
A report from the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said that "permit imprint" mail makes up for 71 percent of all mail volume and 50 percent of revenue. That means that less than 30 percent of all mail is using traditional stamps or meters.