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Volunteers, Donations Needed for Letter Carriers Food Drive May 10


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Brian Carrington, a postal worker, collecting yellow bags of donated food for the Letter Carriers Food Drive in 2013. (Photo Credit: United Way of Snohomish County)

Volunteers, Donations Needed for Letter Carriers Food Drive May 10

(Everett, WA) -The annual Letter Carriers Food Drive is right around the corner, and volunteers and food donations are needed to make this annual event a success.

Volunteers are needed to join the Letter Carriers to sort the food at four post offices – two in Everett, one in Edmonds and one in Lynnwood. "This is an event that our volunteers look forward to every year. It's a fun, tangible way to give back to the community," said Dennis G. Smith, president and CEO of United Way of Snohomish County.

Volunteers can learn more and sign up at

Yellow collection bags will be left in mailboxes the week of May 5. To participate in the food drive from home, please leave the yellow bag of nonperishable food items at your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up on Saturday, May 10.

"One in seven people in Snohomish County are food insecure, which makes this annual food drive more important than ever," said Alex Heart, Chief Program Officer for Volunteers of America Western Washington.

Last year, 277,263 pounds of food were collected as part of this event – accounting for half of all food received by Snohomish County food banks 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.

"This is the 22nd year of the Letter Carriers Food Drive, and we're honored to be part of such an important cause year after year," said Bob James, President of the Snohomish County Association of Letter Carriers, whose route is in Mountlake Terrace. "Our letter carriers love being able to give back to the community and help neighbors in need."

Although the food drive is a national event, here in Snohomish County it is organized by National Association of Letter Carriers Local 791, Volunteers of America Western Washington, United Way of Snohomish County and the Snohomish County Labor Council.

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