LYNNWOOD, Wash., December 15, 2022—The Lynnwood Police Department, in partnership with the Foundation for Edmonds School District, collected approximately 500 books and 700 food items for their Books and Snacks Drive on December 12. The collections were donated to the Nourishing Network and the Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.
Leading up to Monday’s event, donors could drop off books and easy to open food items such as juice boxes, pasta, chips, granola bars, peanut butter, and fruit to the Lynnwood Police Department. Additionally, donors could pledge their donations via the Lynnwood PD’s website. Based on the location of these pledges, Lynnwood PD officers then drove to pick up sites collecting donations from homes.
“We’re so pleased with the turnout this year,” said Nic Li, Lynnwood Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist. “We’re so grateful to give back to these great organizations like Foundation for Edmonds School District and Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County.”
In addition to the Books and Snack Drive, the Foundation for Edmonds School District will be distributing holiday meals on December 23 to ensure families will not go hungry this holiday season.
The Foundation for Edmonds School District has been working with the city of Lynnwood for the last nine years partnering in efforts that include: the Summer Meals Program, the Celebrate Schools 5k event, and food drives for the Nourishing Network to name a few. Additionally, the Foundation has held a relationship with the Lynnwood Police Department in several ways through their joint efforts of helping the homeless and food insecure families as well as hosting events including Cop and Clergy and National Night Out.
The Snacks and Book Drive, specifically, is a fairly new program that originated from Lynnwood PD Deputy Chief Cole Langdon, Thame Fuller, Nourishing Network Program Director, and Marielle Harrington, Healthy Communities Coordinator for the City of Lynnwood, banding together to form food drives around the city in behalf of the ESD Foundation and its Nourishing Network program. The holiday drive, in partnership with the Lynnwood PD, however, was orchestrated by Crime Prevention Volunteer Coordinator Nic Li.