Letter carriers will be picking up food donations from throughout Snohomish County as part of their regular Saturday mail deliveries, on May 11 (the day before Mother’s Day). Yellow collection bags were left in mailboxes this week.
Last year, over 270,000 pounds of food were collected as part of this one-day event – accounting for half of all food collected by food drives for the entire year. Snohomish County food banks rely heavily on the canned goods, dry foods such as pasta and cereal, and other non-perishable items that make up the bulk of food donations.
“The second Saturday in May has become a very special day for us. We get to see first-hand how our neighbors are willing to work together on an important cause,” said Bob James, president of the Washington State Association of Letter Carriers, whose route is in Mountlake Terrace. “It’s such a good feeling to drive down a street, and see it lined with yellow bags of food.”
While the food drive is a national event, locally, volunteers are being organized at post offices in Everett, Edmonds and Lynnwood. “It really is a team effort. Volunteers sort and organize the food in the yellow bags and trucks from Hogland’s Trucking will transport and store the food,” said Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County.
Volunteers can sign up through Volunteers of America Western Washington’s website.
The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive is organized in Snohomish County by National Association of Letter Carriers Local 791, Volunteers of America Western Washington, United Way of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Labor Council.