Marysville Food Bank and Toy Store seek community support for local families in need

Marysville, WA – The holidays are just around the corner, and for many families in Marysville and Tulalip, it is a time of year that can bring more hardship than joy.

The Marysville Community Food Bank and Toy Store are asking community members to help their neighbors in need by donating food, books, coats, and unused toys. Events will officially kick off with the All City Food Drive on Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 75 locations across Marysville have partnered to make this year’s drive the most successful yet. Participants and donors should look for iconic red giving barrels wherever they shop and do business.

Individuals can also drop off food items, including turkeys and hams, unused toys, stocking stuffers, gift cards, new books, and wrapping materials at the Marysville Community Food Bank on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, as well as Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Another way to give is by bringing unwrapped gifts for newborns to 17-year-olds to any City of Marysville government building including the park office, community center, city hall, police station and all fire stations. If you have questions about toy and book donations, contact Tara Mizell at 360-363-8404.

“This is an important time of the year for our community, and a wonderful opportunity for our residents to make a difference in the lives of friends and neighbors facing difficult times,” said Marysville Food Bank Director Dell Deierling. “The Marysville community has been incredible over the years, and we look forward to another year of providing families in need of support with food and gifts to make their holiday bright.”

“What the Marysville community gives to the Food Bank stays here and helps raise our community up during the holiday season,” said Toy Store chairperson Tara Mizell, “All donations have a meaningful impact on our local families.”

In addition, the Marysville Police Department will collect coats, hats and gloves that will be distributed to families in need. These donations will be collected at Fred Meyer on Friday, November 18 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and at the Marysville Walmart located on 64th Street (Hwy 9) on Saturday, November 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The food bank is also looking for volunteers all season long. If you would like to help or need more information, call the Food Bank at 360-658-1054 or Toy Store Volunteer Coordinator Nancy Van Patten at 425-327-2959 or email her at surviva2@gmail.com.

Important Dates
Thanksgiving
Food Basket Distribution
Friday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.–Noon
Monday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m.–Noon
Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Christmas
Food Basket Distribution
Monday, Dec. 19, 9 a.m.–Noon
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2 p.m.–6:30p.m.
Friday, Dec. 23, 9 a.m.–Noon

Toy Store Wednesday, Dec.14(A-H)
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, December 15 (I-Z)
10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Families in need of services are asked to sign up directly by visiting the food bank in person before Friday, December 2. No online or phone registration is available.

About the Marysville Food Bank and Toy Store
The Marysville Food Bank and Toy Store committee was formed in 1985 by several regional service organizations and their dedicated volunteers. Their goal was to provide all local families in need with toys and food during the holidays. In its first year, 104 families were served. Today, the committee serves more than 1,200 families in the 98270, 98271 and 98259 zip codes.

Questions about the all city food drive should be directed to Tara Mizell, tmizell@marysvillewa.gov or (360) 363-8404.