Snohomish County most generous in U.S.

Snohomish County can boast that we have the most generous community in America! For the second year in a row, The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive received the most donations of any community nationwide, relative to the number of our letter carriers. What that means is this – Snohomish County is home to a tremendous spirit of generosity.

This year’s Letter Carriers’ Food Drive brought in donations of more than 384,000 pounds of non-perishable food, which will in turn to be distributed to the 20 food banks scattered throughout our community. This one-day drive will provide up to three months of shelf stable foods for families and individuals we serve. These foods will also supplement the other basic food needs each food bank must face and address every day — providing fresh and frozen foods, including fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat.

Providing a balanced and nutritious food basket for every family and individual in need is the mission of each Snohomish County food bank. The Letter Carriers’ Food Drive helps meet this goal, but only part way. Shelf stable foods like tuna, pasta, soups and peanut butter are part of each household’s food needs, but only fill a portion of any family’s nutritional needs. Community support, both as donations of fresh foods as well as monetary donations, is what makes or breaks a food bank’s ability to achieve its mission.

We know that our community generosity, unsurpassed anywhere in America, will continue to support our neighborhood food banks throughout the year. Thank you Snohomish County for being a community that cares!

Suzanne Moreau, Director

Puget Sound Labor Agency –

Snohomish County

Bill humprheys

Director, Basic Needs Services, Volunteers of America Western Washington

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