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Food Bank Distribution Center

  

What is the Skagit Food Bank Distribution Center?

The Food Bank Distribution Center, a partnership between Skagit County and Skagit County Community Action, was established in 2006 as our county’s first ever centralized Food Bank Distribution Center. The long awaited expansion to this complex of a 2,000+ square foot dry food storage space was completed in July 2011. This facility will now be able to operate at peak efficiency, allowing the county’s food banks and hot meal programs to effectively work as partners, streamline services, save time and money – and promises to yield more food for our county’s hungriest families. A former meat packing facility located in Sedro Woolley, the facility includes a 24 x 40 foot refrigerated space, 40 x 40 foot freezer space, and loading dock.

Why is it needed? Simply put, we’ve been missing out on millions of pounds of food per year! The lack of a centralized facility meant individual food banks were on their own to collect, transport and store food.  The centralized facility fosters cooperation and also makes it easier for those interested in doing food drives or otherwise supporting anti-hunger work to benefit all food banks. The center has also been successful in increasing the amount of high quality local produce reaching food banks through relationships developed with local growers. These foods are welcomed options to families who in the past have had limited access to fresh food products.

Hunger and malnutrition are serious problems in our community

20% of all Skagit households rely on area food banks. Yet, 23% of our low-income citizens report going hungry from lack of food and 48% said that someone in their household had skipped meals in the past 12 months because there was not enough money for food.  A disjointed food system only exacerbates this problem.

Beside central food bank storage and distribution, how else might this facility be used?

  • As a central location to hold food and fund drives.
  • As a gathering point to create a broader Skagit Anti-hunger Coalition, linking food banks and school districts, hospitals, nutrition programs, gleaners, farmers and others interested in ending hunger.
  • As storage for local agricultural produce. We are pursuing connections to local growers interested in inexpensive produce storage, with a portion of their “rent” donated produce to food banks.
  • To help support local agriculture. Our new Skagit Food Share Alliance will access the Distribution Center for centralized storage and transportation to bring fresh, locally grown produce and other items from local farmers to food banks, meal programs, senior centers etc.

Donations and Fundraisers

  • Become a monthly donor: This program is made possible by donations from sponsors.  If you would like to become a sponsor, please follow this link to the Donation Now Page. *** From March 1st to April 30th, any money raised or food items donated ($1 per item/pound) will be matched through the Feinstein Foundation Match Challenge!
  • Dine to Donate: Join Community Action and Applebee's for our monthly fundraising event to benefit Community Action Food Access programs. Starting in  2010, bring this flyer in on the 1st Thursday of each month to Applebee's and they will donate 15% of your total bill to Community Action! Lunch dinner, and Carside-to-go orders. 
  • Bite of Skagit: This annual event helps raise awareness and funds for this crutial program. Proceeds used to purchase produce from local farmers to feed the hungry in Skagit County. Visit the Bite of Skagit site for more details. 

 

In the news...

Skagit County food bank in high demand | KING5.com | Seattle Featured Video - April 21, 2010

Food Banks Hope for Cash this Holiday Season - November 17, 2010

 

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