Doing The Heavy Lifting For Others


1.5 tons.


That’s the total pounds of food that Mike Delaney estimates he hauls each Monday and Wednesday from 9:30am to 2:30pm.


Since November 2014, he’s volunteered two days a week at VOA’s Everett Food Bank. He unloads produce boxes, hauls milk jugs, stocks canned vegetables, fills shopping carts, builds pallets, and empties garbage into the dumpster by the alley. Mike’s engineer mind, honed after more than 34 years at Boeing, keeps working, calculating, and finding efficiencies.


“Hunger in the U.S. is a huge issue, whether most people recognize it or not. It’s amazing: I recognize many of the people who come here, and many come week after week, month after month.”


Our Everett Food Bank, Sultan Food Bank, Casino Road Food Pantry, and drive-through food pantries depend on volunteers like Mike Delaney. Together with our Hunger Prevention staff, they’ve provided food to 40,000 households during the COVID-19 pandemic.


By our count, Mike has lifted over 1,872,000 lbs volunteering with VOA. Thanks for doing the heavy lifting, Mike!

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