YAKIMA, Wash. — More than 400 volunteers will be busy Saturday, picking up and sorting thousands of pounds of donated food as part of the annual Operation Harvest food drive.
The event, put together by local Rotary clubs, is expected to elicit 67,000 pounds of donated food as well as monetary donations of $35,000, Operation Harvest Chairwoman Patty Dion said. Participation is easy for anyone in the city of Yakima who wants to donate.
“They can leave a bag of food on their stoop or out on the edge of their driveway, in plain sight so we can make sure to see it,” Dion said.
Then, starting at 9 a.m., volunteers will drive through Yakima and parts of West Valley, and pick up the bags. The pickup process will last until 2 p.m., with drivers covering each route twice to avoid missing donations.
From there, the food will be taken to the Salvation Army thrift store parking lot, where it will be boxed up for donation to nine food banks across the county.
All nonperishable food is welcome, as are toiletry items such as toothpaste, baby wipes, diapers and feminine hygiene products, Dion said. Those who are out of town or otherwise unable to donate Saturday but still would like to contribute are urged to send checks to the Yakima Rotary office, 6 S. Second St., with instructions that they be donated to Operation Harvest.