Share & Care Food Drive needs Valley’s support

The goal of the food drive is 50,000 pounds. On Oct. 18 and 19, volunteers will drop off orange bags for food donations.

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It’s once again time to look through the pantry for some food items to donate to The Walla Walla Association of Realtors’ annual Share & Care Food Drive.

The fall food drive has been going on for 25 years, each year growing larger and larger as the generosity of Valley residents has grown.

Peter Swant of Coldwell Banker First Realtors is once again coordinating the drive, which has a goal this year of 50,000 pounds — as in 25 tons — of food.

That’s ambitious, but certainly reachable in this Valley.

More food has been needed in this community, particularly in the past few years in the midst of the Great Recession. Yet, the people in this Valley have responded to help their neighbors.

Last year’s Share & Care event brought in 42,000 pounds of food. This year, Swant said the Realtors are expanding the territory in which they will collect food.

This community also responds generously every spring when the local postal workers collect food for the Valley as part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive.

The food collected this fall by the Realtors and volunteers will be turned over to the Blue Mountain Action Council. The agency stocks local food pantries that make goods available to those in need.

The drive started with collection barrels at grocery stores, variety stores, schools and local businesses.

The drive will move to residents’ doorsteps in two weeks. On Oct. 18 and 19, volunteers will drop off orange bags for food donations. Residents fill the bags and leave them out for pickup on Oct. 20.

Boxed dinners, canned meats, peanut butter, baby food and commercially canned fruits and vegetables are the types of products needed.

Donate so much food the bags will overflow.

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