A surge of last-day donations enabled the 17th-annual Community Food Drive to surpass its goal of collecting 250,000 pounds of food for Whatcom County food banks.
The food drive, which ran from Oct. 15 to Oct. 23, finished with donations of 252,190 pounds of food.
“We’re very pleased that generous individuals, businesses and organizations enabled us to meet this year’s goal,” Becky Skaggs, spokesperson for Haggen stores, said in a press release. Haggen was one of the event sponsors. “We hope that people will continue to donate and that other organizations will conduct drives because food banks in Whatcom County are now distributing an average of 500,000 pounds of food each month.”
Donations of cash still may be made through Oct. 31 at communityfooddrive.com, which also has contact information for local food banks.