They will also collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 19th National Food Drive to "Stamp Out Hunger," the largest food drive in the nation. The Brazil Post Office has taken part in the food drive for five years.
The theme for this year's effort is, "Times Are Tough, But Buddy, Can You Spare A Pound?"
"All the postal carriers on city routes, along with rural routes 13, 16 and 17 -- in which the carriers are Jim Ringo, Dick Wilcoxon and Jane Svoboda -- will be picking up donations along the way," Brazil Branch President Karen Stearley told The Brazil Times. "We will also have numerous locations for those not on those routes, or who feel uncomfortable leaving the food by their mailbox, to drop off."
Those wishing to drop off food may do so at Mane Attraction, Jack's Fine Foods, Fun Time Aquatics, Page's, Kroger and the Brazil Post Office.
"We will set our barrel out at the post office (today)," Stearley said. "The Brazil National Guard Armory is providing a truck to collect the donations, which will be in the back lot of the post office, on the day of the food drive."
All food collectors in the area will be wearing gray with royal blue shirts. Printed on the shirts will be "Stamp Out Hunger."
The efforts of letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with the help of rural letter carriers, other postal employees and numerous other volunteers, has resulted in delivery of more than 1 billion pounds of donations to community food banks and pantries in the past 18 years, including 77.1 million in 2010.
Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations left at mailboxes and in post offices for delivery to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 local NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam are involved in the drive.
"Most people will receive a reminder about the food drive in their mail in the middle of the week," Stearley said. "This is a great way to benefit a great cause.
The drive also relies on the support of the U.S. Postal Service, National Rural Letter Carriers Association, The United Way Worldwide, AFL-CIO's Community Services Network, Feeding America, and Uncle Bob's Self Storage.
Support was also provided from "Family Circus" cartoonists Bill and Jeff Keane, who created special cartoon to promote the drive.