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M'ville's All City Food Drive returns Nov. 5

 

Kirk Boxleitner

Amy Howell sorts through food items for school children at the Marysville Community Food Bank.

While the return of the All City Food Drive on Nov. 5 will go largely as it has for the past two decades, the need that it's serving within the community has never been greater.

Dell Deierling, director of the Marysville Community Food Bank, explained that the food bank has increased its service to families so it now allows families to come to the food bank for a full service of groceries from twice a month to three times a month.

He estimated the food bank was already serving more than a thousand families a month, and had anticipated that 88 more families would take advantage of the third distribution window.

"It exceeded my expectations," Deierling said, reporting that July saw 71 more families, while August drew 123, and 111 came in during September. It's added up to $6,200 a month more in expenses.

"The need was already there," he added. "The folks who have come in have been so thankful, because this has freed up their income for other essential purchases. It was the right thing to do."

Although Deierling was initially concerned about meeting this increased demand, he expressed confidence that the community's generosity would prevail, as it's done in the past.

"As we go into he holidays, people always start thinking about their neighbors more, and the All City Food Drive is a great kickoff to the season," he said. "I just wish their desire to help was a bit more level throughout the year."

Tara Mizell, who coordinates the food drive, noted that the familiar red barrels would again be placed at roughly 80 locations throughout town, including seven grocery stories whose collection sites will be staffed by volunteers Nov. 5.

"We schedule the collection and distribution dates well ahead of the holidays to give our families in need enough time to prepare," she said. "We've gotten frozen turkeys the day before Thanksgiving, and not only is that not enough time to get them into the Thanksgiving meal baskets, but it's not even enough time for the birds to thaw out."

Mizell hastened to add that the food bank and the annual holiday toy store are able to make use of all donations, regardless of when they're delivered. She nonetheless asked prospective donors to be prompt enough that families might enjoy their donations in time for this holiday season.

The food bank is distributing Thanksgiving meal baskets Nov. 18, 21 and 22, and Christmas meal baskets Dec. 19, 20 and 23. The toy store will be open this year Dec. 14 and 15.

"Last year, the Marysville Police Department was able to supply us with hundreds of coats, gloves and hats that we handed out at the toy store, so be looking for a collection drive for that this November," Mizell said.

In the meantime, Deierling reiterated his regular request for more food bank volunteers, especially on Mondays.

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