The Letter Carrier’s Food Drive gathered 300,000 pounds of donated food May 8 throughout Pierce County. Donations went to the Emergency Food Network, which distributed the food to 65 food banks and meal sites in the county.
“Local food banks and hot meal sites are responding to an unprecedented need for emergency food among children, adults, and seniors,” Helen McGovern, executive director of the Emergency Food Network, said today in a news release. “Food bank visits in Pierce County have increased more than 40 percent compared to the same time period last year. 300,000 pounds has gone a lot further in the past than it does today.”
Food from this year’s food drive will last 10 days in Pierce County, McGovern said.
“There is lots of work to be done to meet the increased need,” McGovern said. “We hope people will continue to donate food and financial resources to help feed people all year around.”
Pierce County residents have donated almost 4 million pounds since the drive began in 1994.
The Emergency Food Network credited the efforts of U.S. Postal Service workers, Tacoma-Pierce County Association of Realtors, United Way’s Project U, Lakewood youth in ROTC programs, union workers, United Way volunteers, and many other individuals who contributed to the effort.