After seeing their food supplies dwindle recently, leaders of the Concern for Neighbors Food Bank in Mountlake Terrace are breathing easier now that they believe they will be ready to serve needy families this upcoming holiday season.
“Yes, our food supplies are down,” said Anne Peterson, Concern for Neighbors Food Bank Executive Director. “However, the school food drives started in November and there are a couple of special Northwest Harvest food drives – along with local organizations – that are doing food drives for us during November and December.”
The food bank, located at 4700-228th St. S.W., has been distributing food to an average of 140-150 families each week, down from totals of 160-170 per week a year ago. While a smaller number of recipients may help food supplies go farther, it also affects the amount of food donations that the non-profit organization receives each week.
“We still are a member of Northwest Harvest and get a shipment of food items every week from them and we also get food from the Snohomish County Coalition,” Peterson explained. “The food we receive from the coalition is based on a percentage which is calculated on the number of families we serve of the total served by the coalition. Since our family numbers are down, our percentage is down on what we receive.”
In addition to regular shipments from the large hunger assistance organizations, The Concern for Neighbors Food Bank also receives donations from local schools and groups that conduct their own drives. Peterson said those donations have been coming in slowly, but is hoping for good results from a number of drives that get going this month.
“We are keeping our head above water for the moment,” she said. “We will see once we have sorted some of the donations that we have in our container and see what the other food drives do for us.”
Groups conducting local food drives over the next few weeks are Girl Scout Troup 41923 this weekend, Nov. 21-22, at Rogers’ Market; The Pirates of Treasure Island at the Ballinger Way Thriftway in Shoreline on Saturday, Nov. 21; Farmers Insurance in Shoreline this week; Bekins Northwest in Mountlake Terrace as part of a national “Move for Hunger” drive; and the Crazy Moose Casino, Back to Action Chiropractic, First Security Bank in Mountlake Terrace and Charles Schwab Investments in Lynnwood this month and through December.
Also, Albertson’s at 44th Avenue West and 212th Street Southwest is conducting a turkey dollars promotion that will benefit Concern for Neighbors later this month. A drive entitled “Bringing Hope to the Table” by QFC and Fred Meyer will deliver donations to the food bank in February, Peterson said.
“That is OK with us as it spreads the food out to times when there are not that many food drives going on in the community,” she said.
The Concern for Neighbors Food Bank distributes food on a weekly basis. To learn more about the organization, visit concern4neighborsfb.org.
— Story and photo by Doug Petrowski