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More than 185,000 pounds of food was collected Saturday for the 27th annual National Letter Carriers Food Drive.

The single-day food drive, called “Stamp Out Hunger,” has letter carriers collect non-perishable food that has been left by residents at their mailboxes.

The 185,479 pounds collected is a preliminary number and was tallied at the Harry Chapin Food Bank’s Fort Myers Distribution Center Saturday night. More food will come in from other post offices in Lee County.

The drive is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Locally, the Harry Chapin Food Bank and the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties partner with the letter carriers and several other agencies to make the food drive happen.

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Hundreds of volunteers assisted the letter carriers with picking up, unloading and sorting the food at various postal drop-off sites.

“The generosity of our community is overwhelming,” said Richard LeBer, president and CEO of the Harry Chapin Food Bank. “We want those who volunteered their time and donated food to know we appreciate them, and that their support will go a long way toward helping our neighbors in need. We are also thankful for our partnership with the Letter Carriers and the United Way, which helps make this happen.”

All food collected in Lee County will be distributed locally by the Harry Chapin Food Bank and several other agencies. 

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