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By David Pan
Beacon reporter 

Food banks see increased demand

 
Series: Coronavirus | Story 67

Last updated 4/22/2020 at 11:54am



The Mukilteo Food Bank and the new Connect Casino Road pop-up food pantry are seeing an increased demand for their services.

“We’ve found that we’ve had about 50 percent more clients this week due to people being out of work or having fewer hours to work,” Mukilteo Food Bank volunteer coordinator Lisa Edwards said.

The food bank’s most pressing needs are canned corn or green beans, cooking oil and boxes of snack bars. A full list of suggested items can be found on the Mukilteo Food Bank’s website (https://legacy.mukilteofoodbank.org).

The schedule and distribution procedures also are posted on the website. The food bank continues to practice social distancing, with people remaining in their cars and volunteers loading preselected groceries into the back of their vehicles.

The next distribution dates are 3-5 p.m. Monday, April 27 and 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 28. Check the website for any schedule changes.

The Mukilteo Food Bank operates out of the Mukilteo Presbyterian Church, 4514 84th St. SW.

For large donations, the food bank requests that they are delivered during client-serving times so items can be put in storage and not take up space in the food bank service area.

The new pop-up food pantry, operated by Connect Casino Road in partnership with the Volunteers of America, is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., or until the food runs out, on Tuesdays at Connect Casino Road’s new community center – The Village on Casino Road, 14 E. Casino Road, Suite A, in south Everett.

The closure of a different food bank in the Casino Road area due to the coronavirus pandemic prompted the opening of the new food pantry.

The new food pantry served 78 families the first week and 142 the next week.

Families are not asked for any type of identification, proof of income or any other requirement. Clients are given a number when they arrive, and they receive a prepackaged bag of groceries.

The food bank is meant for underserved populations, but anyone in the community or even outside of the Casino Road area is welcome. The Casino Road community has the second-highest rate of poverty in Snohomish County.

“The demand is higher than the supply,” Connect Casino Road director Sara Boyle said. “We expect the numbers to be increasing every week.”

Boyle said needed items include boxed meals (macaroni, hamburger helper), canned meals (chili, soup), and canned meats and vegetables. The food pantry accepts donations from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays.

Monetary contributions can be made through the Volunteers of America Western Washington website (https://www.voaww.org). Click on the donate tab and select Food Pantry – Casino Road under the “Direct my gift to” menu.

 

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