I want to express my sincere gratitude to this wonderful community for their generosity. This year the Food Bowl exceeded all expectations and due to the hard work by the Montesano students, we received about 16,000 pounds of food and $35,000. This will help the Food Bank continue to provide services to those in need throughout our community. We have seen our numbers grow over this past year and our shelves have been bare at times. However, the shelves are full now and the bank account is much better.
It is amazing to see what the students can achieve. This year presented challenges when the snow and cold weather caused school closures, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the students. They were out in the elements collecting food and cash from this generous community. The community opened their hearts and wallets to make this the best year ever!
What do you do with 16,000 pounds of food? We have to sort, fill boxes, stack and organize all of the 8 tons. How long do you think it takes to complete that task? Two weeks? One week? Would you believe it took 4 ½ hours? Thanks to my group of volunteers, Chief Brett Vance and six Trustees from the County Jail, the bulk of that task was completed in record time. As the saying goes, “It takes a Village.”
I don’t have all the statistics compiled yet so I can’t provide the monthly count of people served. But I will do another letter to show everyone how their donations are distributed. Again, thanks to everyone involved in the Food Bowl. Without it, we would not be able to provide the level of service to those in need. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Montesano Food Bank Director