Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As postal carriers collected mail Saturday, they also collected food donations left out near mailboxes.

Thousands of pounds of non-perishable foods were collected in the Greater Binghamton area for the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

Accord to the NALC food drive coordinator, more than 26,800 pounds of food was collected as of Saturday night, and they’re still counting.

The food will go to the Broome County Council of Churches, or CHOW.

The drive was a team effort. Binghamton University’s Alpha Kappa Alpha helped organize the donations as they flowed in.

“It’s crazy,” Naisha Blijd said. “Two, three trucks coming in at a time and they’re full, very full. There’s definitely a lot of donations out here. A lot of people in the community are giving back. It’s awesome to see.”

This food drive is the nation’s largest one-day food drive.

A CHOW representative said collecting food this time of year is especially important for children who are now out of school, and need help getting a lunch.

By Erika Mahoney

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