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All City Food Drive kicks off on Nov. 4


October 25, 2017 | View PDF

Food and toy donation barrels will be found throughout Marysville on Nov. 4 as the Marysville All City Food Drive kicks off for the holiday season.

The red barrels around the community are meant to collect donations for the Marysville Community Food Bank.

Although they will be available for most of November and December, community organizations will also be out on Nov. 4 with the barrels encouraging people to donate.

“We use the day for our kick-off and to remind people that all the barrels are going out,” said Tara Mizell, food bank volunteer, Toy Store chairperson and one of the main organizers of the food drive.

“We want to get people into that mindset that now is the time to be giving for the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons,” she said.

Community groups will be at various locations around the city from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., including at both the Smokey Point and Marysville Safeway, Fred Meyer, Haggen, Grocery Outlet, Albertsons and Walmart.

The barrels will be at approximately 85 locations across the city in the next two months to collect items as well, and may be in more locations.

“We’re just starting to get requests from new businesses who didn’t know about us,” said Mizell.

“There’s always a need [to provide food] and I think people think about it more during the holidays,” she said.

The most needed items include canned tuna fish, canned chicken, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, and holiday food items like gelatin dessert (such as Jell-O), canned yams, sweet potatoes, gravy mix, canned pumpkin and canned milk.

Non-food items that are needed include diapers (sizes four and five), toilet paper and pet food.

In addition to collecting for the food bank, the barrels are also meant for unused and unwrapped toys, stocking stuffers, books, gift cards and coats for the Marysville Toy Store.

The Toy Store program gives low-income families a number of toys of their choosing for the upcoming Christmas.

They are anticipating about 1,200 kids this year for service, said Mizell. “We never lack for people to serve,” she said.

Those who are interested in getting toys from the Marysville Toy Store can sign up through the Marysville Community Food Bank.

The food bank also has hours that go until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. “We have some people who can’t get to the food bank during work hours so that extra time helps them,” said Mizell.

The All City Food Drive is run by volunteers.

“This is all-volunteer team that does this and helps pick the barrels up through the holidays, so it takes quite a team,” said Mizell.

She wanted to thank the people and organizations that support the All City Food Drive.

“Thanks to all the stores for allowing us to collect at their locations and keeping these red barrels,” said Mizell.

“We couldn’t do this without the volunteers or the businesses that support us,” she said.

People who would like to volunteer at the Marysville Community Food Bank can contact Those who would like to volunteer for the All City Food Drive can contact volunteer coordinators Emily Wicks at 360-965-0007 or Christie Veley at 360-363-8507.


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