The food drive, hosted by Second Harvest, is a national event where mail carriers pick up food from people at their home.
The Postal Service handed out blue sacks last week and asked people to fill them with non-perishable food items.
Second Harvest's Aaron Smullin said the event comes at a much needed time of year.
"As the summer time months come upon us we find that the donations do decrease so this food drive gets us through the summer months before we can get back into a normal cycle," he said.
Second Harvest collected 23,000 pounds of donations alone right here in St. Joseph.
Last year, nearly 70 million pounds of food were collected nationally.