The Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona received a record donation in food from the Stamp Out Hunger drive by mail carriers.

The May 11 drive raised 381,142 pounds of food - a 16 percent increase over last year's drive, said Jack Parris, Community Food Bank spokesman.

The drive raised $106,318 in monetary donations, which was about the same amount raised last year, Parris said.

"This will carry us for about six to eight weeks," said Parris about the National Association of Letter Carriers food drive.

The 21st Annual Stamp Out Hunger drive involved mail carriers asking families on their route to leave a bag of nonperishable food next to their mailbox before the time of their regular mail delivery.

Mail carriers and volunteers collected the food and returned it to postal stations.

The food was then transported to the food banks in Tucson, Green Valley-Sahuarita and Nogales, Ariz., Parris said.

Stamp Out Hunger is Southern Arizona's largest single-day food drive of the year, said Parris.

He said donations are still being accepted at online or by calling 882-3296.

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