More than two and a half tons.
According to Warren Postmaster Chad Olson, that's how much food was collected by postal carriers on Saturday during the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive.
The program, a collaboration between Campbell's Soup Company and the National Letter Carriers Association, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. There has been a collection in Warren for more than 10 years.
According to Campbell's, Stamp Out Hunger "is a nationwide effort that provides food to local food banks and pantries that would otherwise be faced with depleted stocks during the summer months."
More than 210,000 letter carriers in over 10,000 communities collect an average of 70 million pounds of food nationwide each year.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, nearly 49 million people lived with food insecurity in 2011 and one in five children struggle with hunger.
"It's unfortunate that millions of Americans, especially children, continue to go hungry in a country as bountiful as ours," Campbell's President and CEO Denise Morrison said in a press release.
According to Olson, the Warren Post Office collected 5,226 pounds of food during Saturday's drive in the City of Warren and some surrounding areas. Notices of the food drive were mailed and members of the community participated by filling bags with non-perishable foods, such as canned items and dry pastas, for carriers to pick up.
"All the carriers participate. The rurals don't really have to, but they all do," Olson said. "It's usually successful, most of the community participates. Volunteers help do transport to the Salvation Army and other organizations to distribute. It's a great thing."