Everett food bank receives a hefty grant to turn dream into reality

The dream is to expand their services to feed hungry people by providing housing to some of their vulnerable families with children.

EVERETT, Wash – Everett’s Faith Food Bank is celebrating a dream come true.

The dream was to expand their services of feeding hungry people by providing housing for some of their vulnerable families with children. That dream is coming true thanks to a $75,000 grant.

Roxana Boroujerdi has been a volunteer at Tafel since it opened in 2014 and is a member of Faith Lutheran Church.

“We only have about 30 members and started out supporting about 20 families. When COVID 2020 hit, we saw demand skyrocket and served over 1.4 million meals. We ministered even more last year, so not bad for a few dozen volunteers!” said Boroujerdi.

The dream of expansion arose from an obvious need experienced by the volunteers over the years. Roxana said many of the people they feed each week are homeless. The vision to provide protection and community has been in the works for some time.

Representative Rick Larsen was in attendance Wednesday for a special check presentation.

Larsen helped raise $245,560 for Everett’s Pallets to Housing Initiative. Pallet Shelter is an Everett-based social enterprise working to end vulnerable homelessness with people-centred solutions for shelter villages.

Faith Food Bank is following suit and hopes to build eight pallet houses on its property to provide shelter and community for families with children. Thanks to a “big dream scholarship” the dream comes one step closer to reality.

Faith Food Bank submitted their dream for the Faith Family Village to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. From submissions from across the country, the Church selected Faith Food Bank to receive its largest grant ever. The $75,000 will help the food bank continue to feed hundreds of families each week as they prepare to install the pallet homes in the fall.

“We are so grateful that this is happening in time so that we can get some families with children to their safe space in time for the holidays,” Boroujerdi said.

Faith Family Village will hold an administrative meeting on August 18th. The current plan is for groundbreaking to begin in October.


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