Utah letter carriers collected 405,188 pounds of food donated by their customers during a May 9 food drive.

It was enough food to provide 135,000 meals for needy children and adults, officials said.Utah food banks and pantries will receive a total of $40,000 from the state for sales tax collected on the donated food.

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the U.S. Postal Service, the United Way and food banks thank Utahns for their generous donations of food, said Steve McNees, food drive coordinator and president of the association's Salt Lake City branch.