Vandalism doesn’t slow down Concern for Neighbors Food Bank volunteers

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Despite a case of suspected vandalism to their van, the Concern for Neighbors Food Bank in Mountlake Terrace didn’t miss a beat in helping needy families with food and holiday gifts last week.
IMAG1251On Dec. 15, a food bank volunteer noticed a tire on the organization’s van was flat, apparently slashed sometime during the weekend. Food bank officials arranged for a new tire to be purchased and mounted prior to the van’s regular trips to collect food donations during the week.

In spite of the setback, the food bank was able to collect donations early in the week, then serve 205 families on its regular Tuesday distribution day.

“Our van goes out Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday to pick up food donations from local grocery stores,” explained food bank President Anne Peterson. The food bank makes regular runs to Roger’s Market, QFC and Albertson’s stores in Mountlake Terrace, in addition to a number of other grocery outlets in the area, to gather donations.

This is not the first time the food bank has been the target of suspected crime; a couple of years ago the organization’s box truck had fuel stolen from it. “As the police officer who was taking the report said, ‘who would stoop so low to rip off a food bank,’” Peterson noted.

Peterson took advantage of the unfortunate incident to point out that the Concern for Neighbors Food Bank only succeeds because of the support it receives from local businesses and residents. “The volunteers want to thank the community for all their support throughout the year,” she said. “We would not be able to do the work we do without all of their efforts.”

— By Doug Petrowski

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