Community Food Drive sets record

The Bellingham Business Journal

Whatcom County residents and businesses again met the call to “Feed the Need” by donating 215,508 pounds of food and basic household items during the 15th-annual Community Food Drive.

The Community Food Drive, conducted Oct. 12 through 16, surpassed last year’s record of 206,000 pounds. It was organized by Industrial Credit Union, Haggen stores and the Cascade Radio Group stations: KGMI, KPUG, KBAI, KAFE and KISM.

Donations will be distributed among the following food banks: Bellingham Food Bank, Blaine Food Bank, Everson-Nooksack Food Bank, Ferndale Food Bank, Foothills Food Bank, Lummi Island Food Bank, Point Roberts Food Bank, Project Hope (Lynden) and Salvation Army (Bellingham).

“We’re blessed by the generosity of so many people who continue to give despite the impact of this recession on themselves and their businesses,” said Matt Vance of Industrial Credit Union, coordinator of this year’s drive. “We hope they’ll continue to support local food banks through donations or their own food drives. While we surpassed our goal, this year’s Community Food Drive doesn’t meet the needs of Whatcom County food banks for a full month. They need everyone’s support as the number of families seeking assistance continues to rise.”

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