‘Back to Action’ campaign aims to recruit food bank volunteers across Washington

The campaign runs through December 23, with the goal of attracting 3,000 or more food bank volunteers statewide.

WASHINGTON, USA – Food banks across Washington state are facing a severe shortage of donations and volunteers.

KING 5 is partnering with the Seattle Seahawks, Northwest Harvest, Safeway, Washington Food Coalition and Vault89 Strategies to launch a new campaign called “Back to action.” The goal is to encourage people to volunteer at their local food bank.

“Right now, we don’t see a lot of food in the system,” said Trish Twomey, executive director of the Washington Food Coalition. “Like not seeing many volunteers. So the food banks are really struggling in every way. “

Twomey said the lack of volunteers was worrisome.

“Hundreds of food banks across Washington state really wouldn’t have been able to do it without the help of volunteers,” Twomey said. They are the backbone of these organizations.”

Despite the need, there are still some people who are determined to do what they can.

“This is like my sanctuary,” said Adrian Coreyderrah, who has volunteered at the North Helpline in Lake City three times a week for the past two years.

Adrian said he’s committed to coming here every week because he’s grown and experienced food insecurity.

“I prefer to give than to receive because I have received more and I will give it all back.”

He hopes people will consider volunteering to gain a new perspective.

Coreyderrah’s recruiting message is “Be in their shoes, not yours. It’s important to get out of your comfort zone.” “Because for me, I’ve always liked being at home, but volunteering here has taken me out of my comfort zone, so now I’d rather be here than at home.”

“We’re inviting community partners and Seahawk players to come see what’s in demand,” Twomey said. and raise that awareness in the community. “

The campaign runs through December 23, with the goal of attracting 3,000 or more food bank volunteers statewide.

“Food banks have been struggling for the past few years and it’s time for us to do something to help these food banks,” said Twomey.

Edmuns DeMars

Edmund DeMarche is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Edmund DeMarche joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund@ustimespost.com.

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