The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) is conducting its 16th Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 10.
"This is the second time the Brazil Post Office will be officially participating in the food drive," Letter Carrier Michele Glotzbach said. "We collected more than one ton of food in 2006, and assisted the food drive in Terre Haute last year."
Postal customers are asked to leave bags and boxes of non-perishable foods next to their mailboxes for area carriers to pick up. Glotzbach said carriers typically are on the streets delivering mail until about 3:30 p.m.
"We are also going to have volunteers at the Brazil Post Office collecting food from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.," she said. "Once we have finished the collection, we will deliver the food to the Clay County Food Pantry and the Clay County Senior Citizen's Center."
The drop-off point will be behind the Brazil Post Office and is available for those living in rural areas because those carriers are not participating in the collection.
Last year's drive collected more than 70 million pounds of food, which was delivered to community food banks, pantries and shelters. Overall, more than 836 million pounds have been collected since the food drive's inception.
This year's food drive will take place in more than 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Island and Guam.
The United States Postal Service is sending out more than 120 million postcards around the country to promote the event, which is co-sponsored by the Campbell Soup Company, and has scheduled ads in hundreds of newspapers with a special "Stamp Out Hunger" coupon for the Sunday prior to the drive.