The Snohomish Community Food Bank is more than just a food distribution center. We’re a vital, connected part of the community we serve. Take a moment to meet our director and board of trustees, flip through our photo galleries and visit the other agencies and businesses with whom we partner. Also, be sure to meet our most valued asset – our tireless, committed volunteers.
We are only able to do what we do because of the generous support from the Snohomish community. We thank you for every can, dollar and hour you have donated. Your ongoing commitment keeps us financially sound and allows us to provide critical services to those in need.
A Historical Perspective of Our Food Bank
Following the Second World War, when the Federal Government made commodities available for distribution, The Snohomish Welfare Service quickly assumed the food bank task and continued until 1982. The Blackman’s Lake Food Reserve was then established under the sponsorship of the Assembly of God Church. When The Blackman’s Lake Food Reserve closed in 1985, the Snohomish Community Food Bank was incorporated as a non-profit organization with community leaders serving as an executive board.
The Snohomish Community Food Bank officially opened in October 1985 at Stocker’s Produce Market adjacent to Harvey Airfield. In 1986, the operation moved to a new facility on Harvey Airfield, donated by the Harvey Family. In 1989, as the needs of the community continued to grow, the Mayor and City Council agreed to donate property and the use of an existing facility east of the Fire Station Headquarters to house the Food Bank. The plan called for the site to be jointly owned by the City and Fire District and the building owned by the Snohomish Community Food Bank. Our new home opened its doors in 1991. Supported by charitable donations of capital, labor and materials, additional warehousing and storage was added in 1993. A kitchen remodel was completed in 2010 and a much needed walk-in freezer was installed in 2013 thanks to generous support from the Boeing Employees Community Fund.
Who We Are Now
Monday through Saturday, volunteers at the Snohomish Community Food Bank are hard at work to help people struggling with food insecurity. During our food distribution hours on Tuesdays and Fridays, we serve an average of 250 families each week. Because of your support, we are able to provide fresh nutritious food which they otherwise would not have access to; dairy, eggs, meat, bread, fruits and vegetables, canned and boxed goods, even pet food. In addition to our regular food services, we also have programs that support our infants, homebound clients and the homeless. Through our participation in the Snohomish County Food Bank Coalition, we are able to ensure everyone in need is able to receive assistance from the food bank that serves their area.
We are fortunate to have enthusiastic grocery partners in Albertsons, Food Lifeline, Franz Bakery, Fred Meyer, Haggen, Northwest Harvest, Safeway and Salt of the Earth. They supply us with many of the fundamental resources that enable our work to carry on. We would also like to thank our community partners Bickford Motors, Kiwanis, L&B Auto and Lions Club. Their sponsorship plays an important role in ending hunger in Snohomish. Many of our local schools and churches help us throughout the year with food drives, community gardens and fund raising. We are able to maintain our vital services to the community because of their generosity. As the need for food grows, so does our need for support. Please be a part of our team and help us continue our mission to help others.
Hunger is on the rise and the need for nutritious food remains a problem for many families in Snohomish County:
- Washington is the 23rd hungriest state in the nation.
- 1 in 5 Washingtonians rely on their local food bank.
- More than half of those we serve are children (34%) and the elderly (21%). An estimated 305,000 kids in Washington State are food insecure, meaning they don’t have adequate, nutritious food on a regular basis.
- 1 in 7 Washingtonians relies on SNAP (food stamps), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is severely threatened by budget cuts. Half of all people on SNAP are kids.
- The majority of working-age Washingtonians who live in poverty are actively working or looking for work.
- Since the start of the recession in 2008, Washington has cut more than $12 billion in discretionary spending from our state’s operating budget, all in the areas of public safety, higher education and basic needs services.
Source: Northwest Harvest, updated Feb. 2016
“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.” – Matthew 25:35