Food drive to celebrate fair community, despite cancellation

Participants should bring non-perishable goods and decorate their vehicles for the drive-thru event.

MONROE — Snohomish County will host a drive-thru food collection event this week in lieu of the Evergreen State Fair, which was canceled earlier this year amid coronavirus concerns, according to a news release.

The event will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday in the west parking lot of the Evergreen State Fairgrounds.

The county is encouraging donors to decorate their vehicles with fair-inspired themes, from carnival rides to fair food favorites. Participants could win a family 4-pack of fair admissions and carnival tickets to the 2021 fair. Businesses can also decorate their vehicles for a chance to win 12 fair admissions.

Food trucks will offer takeout.

Suggested donation items for the food drive include monetary donations, diapers, baby wipes, hygiene and toiletry items, canned vegetables and other canned goods, pasta, peanut butter, rice, kitchen staples and other non-perishable items, the news release said.

Collected items will go to food banks across the county through a partnership with Volunteers of America and the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition.

The COVID-19 crisis has led to a surge in demand at local food banks as residents and families grapple with the financial pressures of the pandemic.

“The need for access to good, free food is ever-present, and we don’t see that need ending for several more months, if not into 2021,” Jessica Moore, development director for Volunteers of America Western Washington, said in a written statement. “Monetary donations are the best so that we have the flexibility to buy the food we need.”

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