Letter carriers to collect food donations for 25th year

May 10, 2017

The 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carriers Food Drive – set for Saturday, May 13 – will once again be collecting food for local food banks across Snohomish County.

In support of the food drive, a white bag will be delivered to mailboxes throughout the county during the week of May 8. To contribute, place non-perishable food items in the bag or any bag on hand, then leave the filled bag in or next to your mailbox for a letter carrier to pick it up on May 13.

In Snohomish County, one in seven people are food insecure. Feeding America shows that over 88,400 people in our county don’t have enough food for dinner tonight.

“The food collected every year from the Letter Carriers helps food banks throughout Snohomish County,” said Leann Christensen, Senior Director of Hunger Prevention Services with Volunteers of America Western Washington.

“Like all food banks, the Everett Food Bank and our pop up pantries rely on the drive to have enough food for the summer when donations are low.”

In 2016, some 236,153 pounds of food were collected during the drive, providing some 196,794 meals to people in need who visited one of our local food banks.

Betty Welsh, Labor Engagement Manager with United Way of Snohomish County, has set a higher goal for this year, saying, “Let’s collect 250,000 pounds of food to celebrate our 25th anniversary.”

The food drive was started in the early 1990s to support hunger relief across the United States. Letter carriers partnered with local food banks in all 50 states. Over the past 25 years, the food drive has collected more than 1.5 billion pounds of food.

The National Association of Letter Carriers has partnered with Volunteers of America Western Washington, United Way of Snohomish County, Branch 791 and the Snohomish County Labor Council to coordinate the drive to meet this need.

More information: www.voaww.org.

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