WASHINGTON -- The nation's mail carriers set a food-collection record, picking up nearly 70.9 million pounds of donations this year.
The National Association of Letter Carriers said Wednesday that donations were up 10 million pounds from 2003. The food donations are turned over to local food banks, pantries and shelters in the communities where they are collected.
The May 8 collection in more than 10,000 cities and towns in every state brought in a total of 70,852,149 pounds of items, the union said.
For the second year in a row the union branch with the largest collection was Buffalo-Western New York, which brought in 1,751,470 pounds of food.
The national total was boosted by a donation of 1 million cans of soup from the Campbell Soup Company.
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