We served 3091 individuals in 1054 families. This is down 268 individuals in 162 families from last month. The economy is improving and our families are too. We had 181 volunteers donate 993 hours of service to our food bank. This is valued at $15,888 according to valuations set by the WSDA. Total inkind food donations for the month were 39,233 pound of food. We received 52,977 pounds of government commodities for the month and we purchased 9,364 pounds of food through our EFSP Grant. This was a total of 101,574 pounds received for the month of May and 63,680 pounds of food distributed to our community.
May 14, 2021 we put on a “Spring Fling” of non food items. This event was only advertised privately for our Food Bank Clients, we provided items that one can not buy with Snap funds, hair dye, toiletries, books, toys, cleaning supplies( over what we use for our own food bank upkeep) it was a great success. We had been struggling with what to do with these items, as per the drive through model we have not been able to distribut them to our clients. The “Spring Fling” worked out nicely to provide these products to our families in a fun and dignified manner.
May 19, 2021 we had a food drive at Tom Thumb Grocery that brought in $692.35 in donations and 576 pounds of food. On May 28th Keller Williams Realty had a food drive for us that brought in 716 pounds of food but no cash donations.
The Fire Department recorded our contribution to their virtual health and Safety Fair and king 5 television came by and interviewed volunteers at our food bank at Ebenezer for their 5 cities and 5 days feature that will run in July.
Community Loaves organizes volunteer bakers who make fresh loaves of bread to be delivered to local food pantries. We have received 18 to 20 loaves twice a month and have distributed them through our homebound delivery service. Find out more about this new partner at communityloaves.org.
INSP was born of the pandemic in March of 2020. They deliver fresh produce and other food using a pop-up distribution style, and we are working to organize a delivery in Lake Stevens. They have deep roots with the farmers and logistic companies across the state. We hope to benefit from their model as they establish themselves in our new post-pandemic world. Time will tell. Find out more about them at weareinsp.org.
In an effort to make the food bank accessible to all Lake Stevens residents, we continue to serve food at four different locations every week: Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Lake Stevens Assembly of God, Calvary Chapel of Lake Stevens, and The Lake Church. For details, please visit our website: lakestevensfoodbank.org.