ERIE, Pa. - One day a year, U.S. Postal Service letter carriers aren’t just delivering the mail. They’re taking a little something back to the truck with them. That day was Saturday during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

Erie News Now stopped by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern Pa. where donations of nonperishable food put out by mailboxes were collected and weighed this evening.

Each year, letter carriers other volunteers pick-up donated food for families in need.

The food bank serves 11 counties in Northwestern and Central Pennsylvania.

This year, they collected more than 79,000 lbs. of food, and they expect a little more to trickle in on Monday.

“It's a big food drive for us at this time of year because a lot of our agencies we work with in our 11 counties see an increased need in the summer due to kids being home, so they're not getting their school-provided breakfast and school-provided lunch,” said Tori Pursell, Second Harvest Food Bank public relations manager.

All of that food will help feed nearly 170,000 people throughout the region, Pursell said.