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Food drive keeps shelves stocked through July

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The Multi-Service Center accepts donations for the food bank from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1200 S. 336th St. in Federal Way. Non-perishable food, fresh produce and garden vegetables and fruits are accepted.

To learn more, call (253) 838-6810.

By MARGO HORNER

The Mirror

The warehouse at the Federal Way Multi-Service Center food bank is fully stocked after a Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday.

The supply should be enough to last the food bank through July.

Local folks donated 31,600 pounds of food during the food drive hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Last week, post offices delivered blue plastic bags to residents. Saturday, residents filled the bags with non-perishable food and placed the bags inside or near their mailboxes to be picked up and taken to the food bank, which is operated by the Multi-Service Center in Federal Way.

“It’s an easy way for people to help, real simple, they just have to have food at their house,” said Denise Burns, food and clothing bank supervisor at the Multi-Service Center. “It’s a real community event.”

More than 40 people volunteered to help unload and sort the food on Saturday.

“I think it’s important because it’s nice to do stuff for other people, and Boy Scouts do nice things for people,” said Tyler Stewart, 11, a Boy Scout who volunteered Saturday.

Post offices nationwide hosted similar food drives. In 2006, the events brought in a total of more than 70 million pounds of food, making it the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

The timing for such a food drive is good, Burns said.

Food banks typically see a drastic reduction in donations during spring and summertime. In Federal Way, food stocks were low. Food bank supervisors were forced to use emergency cash reserves to purchase food.

“It’s not a typical time to donate,” Burns said. “Of course, our client numbers have not dropped.”

She added that people are generous during the holidays.

Contact Margo Horner: mhorner@fedwaymirror.com or (253) 925-5565.

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