U.S. Postal Service letter carriers collected 72.5 million pounds of food on May 10 from the donations of thousands of communities throughout America for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
This represents the 11th consecutive year the event has surpassed 70 million pounds and adds to the more than 1 billion pounds of food collected since the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive began in 1993.
Donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items will feed countless families in need.
Fort Myers area letter carriers and volunteers collected over 366,000 pounds for the Harry Chapin Food Bank located in Fort Myers.
Stamp Out Hunger, the nation's largest single-day food drive, was launched in 1993 by the National Association of Letter Carriers and is supported by the Postal Service.
Canned and non-perishable items are collected by 230,000 letter carriers and other postal employees in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.
In addition to the Postal Service, NALC and Feeding America, other Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive national partners include: AARP, Campbell Soup Company, the National Rural Letter Carriers' Association, Valpak Direct Marketing Systems, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valassis and Uncle Bob's Self Storage.
Phil Wiebold is a spokeswoman for U.S. Postal Service.