GRAY, Tenn. -

A local food bank gets a generous helping of community support.

A food drive organized by the Junior Leagues of Bristol, Kingsport, and Johnson City collected more than 20,000 pounds of food for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee.    

Executive Director Rhonda Chafin said that's a huge success with about 5,000 more pounds collected than last year's drive.   

All the food will be boxed and given away to local agencies the food bank serves.

"It really helps them get ready for the summer months when families depend on additional support from a pantry, because their children are out of school, and they're not going to be able to receive that free or reduced lunch or breakfast," Chafin said.

We're told the next food drive for Second Harvest is even larger.

The National association of Letter Carrier's food drive will be held on May 11.