Northwest NEWS

May 20, 2002

Local News

Shelves stocked at food bank thanks to letter carriers' food drive

The U.S. Postal Service letter carriers' food drive held May 11 netted some 13,370 pounds of food for the Maltby Food Bank.
   According to Fran Walster, director of the Maltby Food Bank, carriers brought in tons of much needed items, "wonderful stuff."
   "This (food) will tide us over through October," said Walster. "Then the holiday food drives kick in."
   "We're always pleased with what we get," said Sandra Smith, a letter carrier on Woodinville's Rural Route 28. Smith works closely with all the little rural post offices in Pierce, King, Snohomish and Whatcom counties to coordinate the drive.
   "The food bank needed food more than ever this year," said Smith. "People don't realize how many are laid off in our area."
   Smith is already thinking about next year's food drive.
   "It would be cool if the community could put messages about the drive on their reader boards or if we could get yard signs reminding the public to contribute to the drive," she said.
   A number of businesses pitched in to donate the plastic bags that were left in mailboxes for the food drive. However, only about half the number of plastic bags needed were donated, so not all residents received a bag to hold their food donations. Smith believes this may have had an effect on the overall amount of food received.
   The Woodinville Post Office is grateful for all the donations, said Smith, and for the time donated by those who helped with the drive.
   "It's such a wonderful cause," she said.