More than 800 families received Holiday Meal Bags in time for the Thanksgiving weekend thanks to a community effort of dozens of people.
Organizers with the Family Holiday Food Bag Distribution November event estimate 755 families received meals at Carrie Blake Community Park on Nov. 18 and another 100 bags were delivered.
“Thanks to everyone that helped with the planning, preparation, and distribution of the Holiday Meal Bags,” said Andra Smith, Sequim Food Bank executive director.
“This event is an amazing example of Sequim’s collaborative spirit and we are grateful for our community’s continued support.”
Once again, Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) members, various church-goers and service group members, and other groups turned out to help direct cars, bag food and fill trunks and backseats with hearty meals.
Lou Ann Linder with the Sequim Valley Lions said she helped at the December distribution day last year and said “it feels wonderful to give back to the community and know families will have a meal.”
Smith said they planned to distribute food for 1,200 families through the Nov. 18 event and another 800 for the Dec. 16 (Christmas) distribution day.
She estimated another 100 families being provided meal bags on Nov. 19 and 21, too.
As previously mentioned, Sequim Food Bank has seen a 90 percent uptick between October 2021 and 2022 in usage, Smith said.
As demand goes up, she says the Sequim Food Bank’s primary needs right now are monetary as state and federal relief are being reduced.
To make a donation online, visit sequimfoodbank.org; mail to: Sequim Food Bank, P.O. Box 1453, Sequim WA, 98382. Or, drop off a donation with staff at 144 W. Alder St.
The Sequim Food Bank is open 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays and Saturdays. It is closed Nov. 25-26 and re-opens Monday, Nov. 28.
For more information, call 360-683-1205.