Food bank remains open with new safety procedures
Last updated 3/18/2020 at 11:45am
The Mukilteo Food Bank is taking steps to protect its clients and volunteers in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The food bank operates out of the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church and is open twice a month. Many clients of the food bank and volunteers are over 60 years of age, a group that the Snohomish Health District describes as being at high risk from the coronavirus.
In order to protect both groups, food bank staff consulted with state and Snohomish County authorities and changed its process for the distribution of food in order to minimize contact between volunteers and clients.
The new procedures were implemented March 9-10, the most recent distribution dates.
Instead of getting out of their cars and entering the building, food bank clients were instructed to stay in their vehicles. Volunteers then brought out food and loaded items into the trunks or hatchbacks while people remained in their vehicles. Clients were given a bag of staples along with perishables and other items, like soap or coffee.
The food bank also developed a checklist of items, such as baby food and diapers, that clients could request. Volunteers at the different stations then put together a second bag of the requested items.
Police volunteers also were on hand to help direct traffic in the parking lot.
The food bank will be posting notices on how the distribution process will work, and volunteers will again be there to guide individuals through the procedures.
As of Tuesday, March 17, the Mukilteo Food Bank announced plans to be open on its next scheduled distribution dates, 3-5 p.m., Monday, March 23, and 9-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 24. The food distribution schedule and any changes will be posted on the food bank’s website at: https://legacy.mukilteofoodbank.org/.
About 115 families were served during the last distribution dates, slightly below the usual number of 125.
The food bank has about 50 volunteers who work to collect, transport and distribute food to clients who live within the Mukilteo School District. About 10 to 12 volunteers are present during distribution days.
The food bank opened in 1979 as an informal food pantry in the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, and was incorporated as a separate organization in 2002.
The Mukilteo Food Bank is located in the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4514 84th St. SW. For more information call 425-366-8229. Donations can be made via Paypal on the food bank’s website: https://legacy.mukilteofoodbank.org/ or by check to: Mukilteo Food Bank, 4514 84th St. SW, Mukilteo, WA 98275.