Published: May 15, 2011 11:34 PM EDT
Updated: May 15, 2011 11:27 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.-Several organizations got together today to package and collect food for needy families in Southwest Florida.

"We are packaging one million meals," said Don Thomas, who's the District Governor for the Rotary Club of Cape Coral. "It's the first time something like this has been done."

Florida's Blood Centers and Meals of Hope teamed up to host the event. They credit the more than 600 volunteers who worked hard in Fort Myers, Naples, and Sarasota for making it all possible.

"Each bag is six meals and this will feed tens of thousands of people," explained Thomas.

At the same time, letter carriers picked up food in neighborhoods throughout the community.

"I've got about a third of my truck loaded now," said Wilder LaFond, a local letter carrier. "I'm hoping to fill up at least twice."

It was all part of the "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive. For the 19th year in a row, letter carriers from across the country collected non-perishable food left by mailboxes and donated it to local food banks.

"It feeds the hungry around here," said LaFond.

The food collected today will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Collier Harvest.