Northwest NEWS

April 22, 2002

Local News

Food Drive volunteers needed

Food Lifeline is seeking volunteers to assist with this year's National Letter Carriers' Food Drive, set for Saturday, May 11. Volunteers can work at their neighborhood post office that day from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., or 2:30-6 p.m., unloading non-perishable food donations from the carriers' vehicles to help get them back out on their routes.
   Last year National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 79, collected 777,869 pounds of food, which generated the equivalent of more than 600,000 meals throughout Western Washington.
   To volunteer, call(206) 545-FOOD, or (800) 404-7543, or e-mail
   "Food Lifeline has been putting food into local food banks and meal programs for 23 years. This year, because of the economic downturn and local layoffs, the need is even greater," said Linda Nageotte, president and CEO of Food Lifeline. "We rely on caring volunteers to help with this annual letter carrier event."
   This time of year is especially critical for many food banks, since their stock of holiday donations runs low just as school breakfast and lunch programs close for the summer.