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Letter carriers food drive will assist families in need

food drive I'm especially pleased to report that during last month's Letter Carriers Food Drive, Woodinville letter carriers helped collect 30,466 pounds of food for the food bank of the Northshore Multi-Service Center in Bothell.
   This food comes at an especially critical time of the year. During the summer, food and cash donations are low, but requests for help are high from low-income families who must pay additional day-care costs--and buy extra food to replace the free or reduced-fee breakfasts and lunches their children receive during the school year. Unfortunately, their low-income budgets don't stretch that far, forcing them to seek help to make ends meet over the summer.
   Where do Woodinville families turn? They turn to the Northshore Multi-Service Center, where they receive supplemental food, emergency financial aid, and a host of other services designed to maintain their self-sufficiency. The food collected in May by the letter carriers will help us feed these families until school begins in the fall.
   On behalf of the agency and especially the clients we serve, I also extend my appreciation to the thousands of Woodinville residents who donated food items and to the National Association of Letter Carriers, the U.S. Postal Service, and the AFL-CIO for sponsoring the food drive.

Doreen Marchione, MSC