Premera Donates $5K to Edmonds Food Bank

Premera Blue Cross, the largest employer in Mountlake Terrace, has donated $5,000 to the Carol Rowe Food Bank run by Edmonds United Methodist Church. Premera Blue Cross has about 3,000 employees. The second largest employer in Mountlake Terrace is the Edmonds School District with around 350 employees. The Edmonds Beacon reports the following:

Premera Blue Cross, headquartered in Mountlake Terrace, donated $5,000 to the Carol Rowe Memorial Food Bank at Edmonds United Methodist Church on Monday. The Carol Rowe Food Bank was chosen through the Premera’s Small Group sales department’s internal competition to select the beneficiary of the contribution.
Members of the sales group chose the Carol Rowe Memorial Food Bank based on that organization’s strong ties to South Snohomish County.

A large group of Premera representatives were on hand Monday to present the check to Food Bank director Peggy Kennedy, who thanked them for choosing the Carol Rowe Memorial Food Bank from all the other worthy recipients. As the Premera reps departed, the food bank volunteers gave them a rousing cheer. The volunteers were unloading and separating a large collection of food gathered during the recent U.S. Postal Service Food Drive.

“We serve about 350 families a week,” says director Kennedy of the food bank. “That’s between 1,200 and 1,300 people.” The current figure of 350 families nearly doubles the “normal” level of 200 families per week served prior to the economic recession. “We serve all who come,” says director Kennedy. “Because the church is so generous with space and its outreach program, we have the opportunity to help a lot of people.” “All who come” means just that.

Read the entire article at the Edmonds Beacon.

[photo courtesy Steve Rhodes]

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