For the fifth year running, local Banks went toe-to-toe in the annual Battle of the Banks. Five banks competed this year: Coastal Community, Columbia, Opus, People’s and Washington Federal. The criteria in the competition is three-fold: (1) The Display (First Place: Washington Federal); (2) Donations Procured in food (first Place: Coastal Community); and (3) monetary offerings (First Place: Columbia). The contest runs every year during the month of December.
Altogether, these five banks collected 772 pounds of food and $1,830 for the Snohomish Community Food Bank.
The overall winner gets to display the painted Boxing Glove Trophy declaring victory for one year.
. . . and the winner is . . . . Columbia Bank!
Food-2-Go coordinator Jenny Lidington with a warm donation from Project Linus
Project Linus is a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need. The “Blanket-eers” use their skill and talent to handcraft unique quilts and blankets which they distribute to hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, or anywhere a child might be in need of a big hug. When Karen Richards learned of our Food-2-Go program that helps nourish homeless Middle and High School students, she knew it was a perfect match. In December, Diane Campbell, a Snohomish Chapter coordinator and fellow blanket-eer, delivered 4 beautiful quilts. Our Food-2-Go students were thrilled! Homeless young people face a world of uncertainty and Project Linus offers a kind warmth that lets them know the world can be a caring place. Thank-you Project Linus for sharing your love of sewing to benefit children in need.
The Food Bank will be closed Friday December 26th for the Christmas Holiday. We will resume regular food distribution hours on Tuesday December 30th 3:00-6:45 and Friday January 2nd 10:00-2:45. The Snohomish Community Food Bank wishes one and all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Ron and Pat are wondering, “Got Milk?”
We would like to thank the Snohomish Community Church for literally donating an entire truck load of cereal for our Christmas Food Service! Their contribution will start the mornings right for our clients.
We are in the middle of collecting for our Christmas Services with expectations of feeding 420 families. We are asking for specific donations, especially from groups and organizations who would like to pledge a certain food item at a quantity of 50 to 400. Elizabeth Grant our Executive Director explains, “This way, we can control the inventory, receive exactly what we need and offer the same menu to all families.” Our current needs include canned vegetables and fruit, cereal, cream of mushroom soup, stuffing, salt/pepper and more. If you would like to participate, please call the Food Bank 360-568-7993 for details.
Would you rather donate financially? The Food Bank has excellent purchasing power and happily accepts monetary support through our secure online Donation Page; we also accept checks and cash. For more information, please call Elizabeth Grant at the Food Bank 360-568-7993.
Thank you for your interest in donating to the Food Bank. With your support we will be able to provide nutritious meals to children, families and seniors this Holiday season.