MAY 19, 1997

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Opinion

Letter carriers help erase hunger

food drive Once again, the letter carriers in our Eastside communities have done an outstanding job at collecting food for the food banks of the Multi-Service Centers of North and East King County.
   During this year's food drive on May 10, letter carriers collected 114,848 pounds of food that will help keep our food bank shelves stocked during the summer, when donations are historically low and families require extra food to replace the free or reduced-fee meals their children receive during the school year.
   Letter carriers from Bothell and Mill Creek collected 21,000 pounds that will benefit the agency's Bothell food bank.
   On behalf of the agency's board of directors and the 1,700 families we serve weekly, I commend the letter carriers for their dedication toward alleviating hunger on the Eastside, and I extend our heartfelt thanks to all the postal customers who took the time to put out food for their carriers to collect.
   Our appreciation also goes to the sponsors of this annual event: the National Association of Letter Carriers; the U.S. Postal Service; the AFL/CIO; United Way of America; and Campbell's Soups.

Doreen Marchione, Executive Director