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Letter Carriers Food Drive set for May 12

SMOKEY POINT — The Marysville, Arlington and Smokey Point post offices are gearing up for their annual Letter Carriers Food Drive on Saturday, May 12, to benefit the Marysville and Arlington community food banks.

Rather than blue bags, Marysville residents should be on the lookout for yellow bags that will be delivered to their mailboxes by May 12.

Rosana Garner, a clerk at the Smokey Point Post Office, estimated that bags will be dropped off along routes between 9 a.m. to noon that day, and picked up between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Just in case you see a postal vehicle drive by without picking up your bag, they will come back," Garner said. "They can just get filled up as they're going along, but we're really good about swinging by again."

Garner noted that those who feel uncomfortable about leaving their food donations out can bring them to the Arlington and Smokey Point post offices, not only up to the May 12 collection date itself, but also up to a week afterward.

According to Marysville Community Food Bank Director Dell Deierling, this drive has a heightened importance this year, since the number of visits to the food bank in Marysville is up 8 percent from where it was at this time last year.

"Ideally, I'd like to see the amount of donations meet the level achieved in 2009, which was 40,000 pounds," said Deierling, who's seen a decline in donations of 20 percent each year over the past two years.

Deierling nonetheless expressed his faith in the community, noting that the food bank in Marysville received more than 95,000 pounds of food during the final quarter of last year, which allowed them to stock their shelves through the winter holidays and the spring.

Deierling deemed the Letter Carriers Food Drive essential for covering the summer period when kids are at home and family needs are high.

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