Letters to the Editor

14,000 pounds of food for Fishline and clients

May 12 marked the 20th anniversary of the largest food drive in our nation.

All across the country, neighbors packed white bags of compassion in the form of boxed meals and canned goods, left them by their mailboxes, and mail carriers loaded their mail trucks full of the saving grace for local food banks.

It is a moment, and a tradition, that should make us proud.

The result of the hard work and team effort was more than 14,000 pounds of food for Fishline and its clients. While this is less than previous years, it is still a welcome influx. During a time when we are hard-pressed to keep up with the growing numbers of client visits, for two to three months we don’t worry. We’ll have enough. That is a relief for us and a great gift to the individuals and families who trust Fishline for their daily bread.

This day would not have been possible were it not for the generosity of each and every neighbor who donated food, time and money to the cause. Working alongside  Fishline volunteers and staff, dozens of residents signed up to drive the postal mail routes in their own vehicles to pick up the donations outside the mailboxes.  Others stood at the ready at the post office dock, joining Marine and Navy volunteers, Zero Gravity and other business, civic and church groups who sorted the thousands of pounds of food coming in a rush for most of the afternoon.  Our thanks also to Hill Moving for donating the use of a semi, needed to contain the boxes of sorted food. And special thanks goes to our local post office staff and letter carriers who stayed extra time and worked extra hard with such a positive, enthusiastic attitude.

We are lucky to be part of a community who believes so strongly in the need to help its neighbors.

Mary Nader
Executive director
North Kitsap Fishline



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