Organizers of the Christmas-time Food Bag Program added more drive-thru stations and created a staging area on Dec. 18 to cut down on waiting time compared to the Thanksgiving event at Carrie Blake Community Park. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Organizers of the Christmas-time Food Bag Program added more drive-thru stations and created a staging area on Dec. 18 to cut down on waiting time compared to the Thanksgiving event at Carrie Blake Community Park. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Good tidings for Christmas from Food Bank

Once again, the Sequim Food Bank and dedicated community volunteers helped hundreds of locals with meals for the holiday season.

On Dec. 18, residents in vehicles flocked to Carrie Blake Community Park to receive food bags for the Christmas season, as organizers shifted its holiday meal program from the Alder Street facility to the park in order to better accommodate COVID-19 protocols.

Andra Smith, Sequim Food Bank’s executive director, said the food bank and volunteers provided food for 818 families via the drive-thru event and delivered to 18 homes.

“I think it went well,” Smith said. “Our hope was to gear this bag to provide extra food for families and not just be one meal.

It did have some holiday foods in there, but this was mainly to help families this holiday season.”

For Thanksgiving distribution at the park on Nov. 20 and at the Sequim Food Bank on its next two business days, volunteers provided meals for 1,040 families. Some drivers waited along Blake Avenue for up to 90 minutes for meals for the meal distribution day.

To counter that, Smith said, program organizers set up multiple rows to stage vehicles at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave., as well as four drive-thru stations instead of three, helping cut down the maximum wait time to 45 minutes.

2021 support

Locals can pick up more food from the COVID Relief Food Care Package program from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Ave.

Smith said it’ll continue in 2021 on the second and fourth Wednesdays at the same time, every other week through at least March. Its first dates in 2021 are Jan. 13 and Jan. 27.

For the remainder of 2020, the Sequim Food Bank at 144 W. Alder St. is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but reopens Saturday, Dec. 26, and Friday, Jan. 2 — with regular hours set for 1-4 p.m. Mondays, and 9 a.m.-noon Fridays and Saturdays.

With growing demand during the pandemic, Smith said the food bank is purchasing more in bulk. The space limitations led the food bank to no longer accept food donations; however, Smith said they are looking at options to begin again next year.

In the meantime, the food bank is encouraging financial donations.

To support the Sequim Food Bank, visit www.sequimfoodbank.org, or contact Food Bank staff at 360-683-1205 or sequimfoodbank@olypen.com.

Jeffrey Hartman, a Sequim Sunrise Rotarian and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, helps direct traffic on Dec. 18 to stations to pick up food for Christmas time. Hartman was one of dozens of volunteers who helped with the event. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Jeffrey Hartman, a Sequim Sunrise Rotarian and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member, helps direct traffic on Dec. 18 to stations to pick up food for Christmas time. Hartman was one of dozens of volunteers who helped with the event. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Volunteers Gretha Davis, front left, and Jim Jones, treasurer for the Sequim Noon Rotary, help load a vehicle on Dec. 18 at Carrie Blake Community Park for a Christmas-time drive-thru for food. For the day, more than 800 families received food for Christmas week. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

Volunteers Gretha Davis, front left, and Jim Jones, treasurer for the Sequim Noon Rotary, help load a vehicle on Dec. 18 at Carrie Blake Community Park for a Christmas-time drive-thru for food. For the day, more than 800 families received food for Christmas week. Sequim Gazette photo by Matthew Nash

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