‘We can’t be closed’: Edmonds Food Bank braves winter storm to serve community

Edmonds Food Bank currently serves 600-800 households per week and that includes seniors who rely on food bank deliveries.

EDMONDS, Wash. — Food insecurity has steadily increased over the past few years, and more than ever, Northwest Harvest is combating food insecurity by distributing food to every county in Washington state.

Schools, meal programs, and a network of hundreds of food banks rely on Northwest Harvest. One of them relies on volunteers, who have defied snow and icy conditions to ensure that their struggling families have access to food and other essentials ahead of the holiday. ceremony.

Edmonds Food Bank currently serves 600-800 households per week and that includes seniors who rely on food bank deliveries.

Closures due to the pandemic in 2020 have caused demand to increase by more than 50%. Now, that demand has tripled.

Director Casey Davis said many of her volunteers walked in on Tuesday because the food bank will close next week.

“We can’t close the door,” she said. Customers still come because they need food.”

Davis said there was never any worry that snow would keep them from opening today.

“We were here during COVID and never closed, even for a day, so we are committed to making sure our community has access to what they need,” she said.

Inflation has only added to the complexity many families are facing, and Edmonds Food Bank is providing more than just the essentials.

“We have people ordering online so they get what they really need. Food, diapers and other items really help with their family’s specific needs,” Davis said.

The Edmonds Food Bank relies on Northwest Harvest for most of the fresh fruit and vegetables they can provide.

“Their focus on seeing people as individuals is also something that we replicate as well,” Davis said.

From packing ordered groceries to delivering to over 150 local seniors — Edmonds Food Bank is just one of many key community resources receiving a big boost from Northwest Harvest and your Home Team Harvest Donations.

Help KING 5 raise 21 million meals for Home Team Harvest

KING 5’s annual Family Group Harvest campaign to benefit Northwest Harvest is underway. The goal this year is to raise 21 million meals.

  • Online through Northwest Harvest
  • Text “HOMETEAM” to 41444
  • Starting November 1, visit your local Safeway or Albertsons for $5, $10, or $12 off grocery cards.

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Edmund DeMarche

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