Snohomish Community Food Bank Wins Award for Cooperation

The Snohomish Community Food Bank received $5,000 and one of the 2011 Agency Excellence Awards for the organization’s exemplary approaches to ending hunger through its “Sponsor a Holiday Product” Program, which helped gather much-needed food through a new approach to food drives. Food Lifeline presented the food bank with the Excellence in Collaboration award and $5,000 to continue its mission of serving the hungry people in the Snohomish community.

In years past, holiday food drives brought in plenty of canned pumpkin, canned cranberry sauce and green beans, but other items were missing and the food bank would have to shop for the difference. The organization fed more families this year and had to ensure each family would receive the same fare.

The food bank contacted school groups, churches and civic clubs, asking them to help provide a week’s worth of food for the organization’s 300 families for Thanksgiving and again for Christmas.  Instead of the usual request of “Please hold a food drive”, the food bank asked each group for one item, but in quantities of 300. This was the new “Sponsor a Holiday Product” Program.

“This program worked so well over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays, that it is beginning to continue on its own for the Easter service! We are so thankful to Food Lifeline for this award and for such a giving community!” said Elizabeth Grant, Executive Director of the Snohomish Community Food Bank.

The Snohomish Community Food Bank won this award for its excellence in collaboration, which is given to a Food Lifeline member agency that demonstrates exemplary approaches to ending hunger by pulling together the community, agencies, organizations or the government to end hunger.

Food Lifeline presented the Agency Excellence Awards at its Annual Agency Conference in Shoreline, on March 21. The conference hosts expert leaders from Food Lifeline’s nearly 300 member agencies from all throughout Western Washington, connects them with each other and offers educational and informational workshops. The awards, presented to four individual agencies excelling in their mission to feed hungry people include:

  • Excellence in Community Resource Development
  • Excellence in Collaboration
  • Excellence in Food Resource Development
  • Excellence in Client Service

“These awards allow us to recognize those programs that are making a tangible difference in the lives of others, and they help strengthen the ability of the Food Lifeline network as a whole. Our member agencies are using their creativity and the support of a generous community to continue to find ways to serve the increasing number of hungry people we are seeing as a result of this difficult economic time” says Food Lifeline President and CEO, Linda Nageotte.

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