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Marysville, Arlington Haggen stores take part in Northwest Harvest food drive

SMOKEY POINT — The Marysville and Arlington Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores are among those taking part in a month-long food drive to restock the shelves of local food banks in time for the holiday season.

Nonperishable food and cash donations will be collected through Nov. 30 for distribution to local food banks by Northwest Harvest, the only nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington, with a network of more than 325 food banks, meal programs and high-need elementary schools. Northwest Harvest provides more than 1.6 million meals every month to its network.

Food banks are seeking canned food high in protein, canned fruit, pasta, rice and any other nonperishable food items. Donors also may purchase pre-stuffed bags of groceries that include tuna, macaroni and cheese, peaches, chili, green beans and pinto beans for $5 apiece at Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores, or they may make donations at the cash register of $10 or $20.

Requests for assistance at local food banks have been steadily rising over the last several years. Low-income families are also hit harder by higher heating costs during the fall and winter. Many food bank clients are senior citizens or families with children.

"Small donations can add up to make a big difference in our communities," said Becky Skaggs, spokesperson for the Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores. "We encourage individuals, organizations and businesses to be generous in helping the hungry."

To take part, stop by the Arlington Haggen Food & Pharmacy, located at 20115 74th Ave. NE, or the Marysville Haggen Food & Pharmacy, located at 3711 88th St. NE.

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