Reminder: Letter Carriers’ Food Drive May 13

Volunteers collect and sort food donations during the 2016 drive. (Photo courtesy Volunteers of America)

The 25th annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will be collecting food for local food banks across Snohomish County on Saturday, May 13.

In support of the Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, a white bag will be delivered in Snohomish County mailboxes the week of May 8. Just place non-perishable food item in that bag, or any other bag on hand. Then, on May 13, leave the filled bag in or next to your mailbox for a letter carrier to pick up.

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. 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,” said Leann Christensen, Senior Director Hunger Prevention Services, of Volunteers of America Western Washington.

In 2016, 236,153 pounds of food were collected during the drive and provided 196,794 meals to people in need. Betty Welsh, Labor Engagement Manager of United Way of Snohomish County, sets a higher goal for this year, saying, “Let’s collect 250,000 pounds of food to celebrate our 25th anniversary.”

The Stamp Out Hunger Letter Carriers’ 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 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive have collected over 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.

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