MISSOULA, Mont. -

Stamp Out Hunger, a National Letter Carrier food drive, hauled in almost 40,000 pounds of food in Bozeman, Missoula, and the Flathead.

The summer time is typically a slow season for food donations, and food banks all over the state are reporting record increases in families that need help with food.

Missoula Food Bank Communications Director Jessica Allred said Missoulians donated about seven and a half tons, which is a 50% increase over last year, but she says demand this year has increased as well.

"For the first three months of 2012, we were between seven and ten percent more people served during that first quarter than we served last year,? said Allred. ?So the need is increasing."

Montana food bank officials said people can help meet the demand by donating non-perishable foods at any food bank locations.