On August 17th, several county leaders will join forces to help out at the Volunteers of America (VOA) food bank in North Everett. County Executive John Lovick, members of the County Council, and Everett Mayor Ray Stephanson will be on hand to help clients and get a first-hand look at the food bank’s operations.
“I try to make time each day to give back to my community, whether it’s stopping by a local shelter before I go to work or donating at the food bank; every little bit helps,” said Snohomish County Executive John Lovick. “Volunteers of America plays an important role in supporting our county residents, and I’m happy to help make a difference.”
“Hunger is one of the most pressing problems facing our community,” said Brian Sullivan, a Snohomish County Councilmember. “Food banks play an important role in helping hungry people get through the month, and donations and volunteers are what keep the food banks running. It’s great to be a part of that.”
One in seven households is “food insecure,” meaning they don’t know where they will get their next meal. The VOA food bank in North Everett provides a three-day (nine-meal) supply of emergency food to clients each month to help bridge the gap.
“We’re honored to have these leaders lend us their hands and voices to bring attention to the issue of hunger,” said Phil Smith, CEO of Volunteers of America Western Washington. “There is nothing more basic than the need for food, and many people right here in our community struggle to meet that need.”