Marysville’s All-City Food Drive began Nov. 2 and 3 with volunteers collecting donations at seven different locations across the city.
“It’s the kickoff day of the holiday collections,” said Dell Deierling, executive director of the Marysville Community Food Bank.
“It’s just a huge reminder that this is a time of the year that people are thinking of their fellow community members,” he said.
The food drive across November began with a kick-off on Nov. 2 and 3 with volunteers at stores accepting donations.
Brianna Maloney with SnoCo Express Fastpitch was one of the volunteers out helping collect food on Nov. 2.
"I think it's a good thing to do," she said, "I like helping other people."
Marysville Community Food Bank volunteer Ty Wernet also helped out during food drive, picking up the food from various stores that day. "We just got to help the folks in need," he said.
Throughout November Red Barrels will be located in a variety of Marysville businesses and organizations where individuals can continue to drop off food items, unwrapped toys and/or new books.
Donations can also be dropped off at the Marysville Community Food Bank at 4150 88th St. NE, Marysville, or any city of Marysville building.
Toys and books will be given away at the Marysville Toy Store, an annual event put on by local food bank volunteers.
Food donations collected in the holiday season typically stock local food bank shelves for months.
“It is not just about the holidays. Obviously we’re working really hard to get the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners for people, but this food also goes to last us for the first four months of the year,” said Deierling.
The food usually lasts until the next big drive, the Letter Carriers Food Drive in May.
The most needed items for the food bank include canned meats, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, jam, jelly, canned fruit, soups, granola bars and pasta. Money is also accepted.
Deierling said the need could be high this year. On Oct. 29 the Marysville Community Food Bank had their highest ever regular day attendance, with 191 families coming through in one day.
“Which blows away our previous record,” he said.
“The need is high and the inventory is in need of replacement,” said Deierling. “We’re here to help the folks that are having a tough time making ends meet.”
Volunteers from the Marysville Kiwanis, Marysville Soroptimist, SnoCo Express Fastpitch, Scouts BSA, Maryfest, Marysville Volunteer Patrol and local JROTC students all came out to help with the first weekend of the drive.
“It takes a lot of dedicated volunteers to pull off this food drive,” said Deierling.
He also wanted to thank those who put a Red Barrel in their business and to those that are doing the donating as well.
“And thanks in advance to any of the donors who contribute to the Red Barrels,” said Deierling.