VIENNA, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Each year, food banks across the country get major support through the largest annual one-day food collection effort, including the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

Earlier this month, letter carriers across the country picked up bags of food left by mailboxes as part of the Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

“The generosity and coordination behind Stamp Out Hunger are simply astounding – thank you to the letter carriers, volunteers, and all those who donated food for making this year’s event such a success,” said Michael McKee, CEO of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. “Stamp Out Hunger comes at a critical time for families and children who are at home during the summer months, and we are thankful to have a fresh supply of food donations to help keep our pantries stocked.”

The drive supports food banks during a time of the year when the need is greater because school meal programs end.

For BRAFB, the drive brought in more than 115,000 pounds of food, which is enough food for about 95,800 meals.

The largest amount of food was collected in the Shenandoah Valley, which brought in more than 32,300 pounds of food. In the Charlottesville area, more than 10,500 pounds were collected.