"This is the third year we have taken part in this and we will be collecting nonperishable food items Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.," Letter Carrier Michele Glotzbach said. "The food will be distributed to the Brazil Food Pantry and the Clay County Senior Center."
Volunteers will help the letter carriers collect food and they will be in T-shirts.
Drop off locations will also be set up starting May 1, at Kroger, Pages, Jack's Fine Food, Main Attraction and the Brazil Post Office. Food will be collected until May 9.
"The Brazil National Guard Armory 138th Quartermaster Support Company will have a truck in the back lot of the post office where food will be stored throughout the day," Glotzbach said.
The food will then be taken and weighed before being distributed.
"Last year, we collected approximately 2,200 pounds," she said. "There is really a need in the community and we are hoping to have a great response this year."
A reminder will be sent out May 5-6, in the mail to remind residents to put their can goods out.
"All patrons need to do is place a box or can of non-perishable food next to their mailbox before their letter carrier delivers mail on May 9," she said. "The carrier will do all the rest."
In 2008, the national drive collected 73,113,915 pounds of food, with a 16-year total of 909 million pounds. There will be approximately 1,500 branches participating across the United States.
"We are very excited," she said. "We are really hoping for another awesome turn out."