But he also raised the possibility of an upset by another agency, such as Homeland Security, which donated the third-biggest haul last year.
It will take a few million pounds, Keeler said, "to knock both of them off the top of the hill."
By the numbers
50 million — number of people with inadequate food supplies in America
17 million — number of children who face hunger
2.7 million — pounds of food and household items raised last year by Department of Agriculture employees
2.1 million — pounds raised by the Department of Defense
718,000 — pounds raised by the Department of Homeland Security
Source: Feedingamerica.org and the Department of Agriculture