Snohomish Food Postal Drive Sets Goal to Deliver More Food than Last Year

The Snohomish Post Office is gearing up for its annual Postal Drive to support the local food bank.

The reminder post cards are going out this week and the blue bags will be delivered to every mailbox by May 12th. Recipients of these sacks are asked to fill the bags and leave them for pick up next to their mailbox on Saturday, May 14th. Each postal worker picks up the food from their route, returns it to the post office where it is weighed in and sent off to the Snohomish Community Food Bank.

The concept is to hold the biggest food drive of the year through the support of the entire community. Last year, the Snohomish Post Office collected over 26,000 pounds of food. “This year, let’s go for 28,000,” said Acting Postmaster Brian Zinser. “We’re also asking the public to fill the bags the night before, but not to put them out until 9:30 on Saturday morning. It’s a cautionary process to avoid theft,” Zinser explains.

“We have a tremendous volunteer staff ready to off-load, sort and stock the generous donations this community provides,” said Elizabeth Grant, Director of the Snohomish Community Food Bank. “It was like clockwork last year and we are bracing for this May 14th with great anticipation. Our numbers are up over 30% and this collection is what gets us through the summer and part of the fall, when the school food drives start up again.”

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