As part of the annual observance of Easter, the Snoqualmie Tribe worked with organizations in the Snoqualmie Valley to distribute hams to Elders and families to help supply a good meal for holiday dinners.
Among the organizations that received hams from the Snoqualmie Tribe are Mt. Si Food Bank, Mt. Si Senior Center, Carnation Food Bank and Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.
“It is an important part of our culture that we take care of Elders and those who are struggling with hard times,” Snoqualmie Tribal Chairwoman Jolene Williams said. “We are very happy to be in a position where we can reach out and help our neighbors here in the Snoqualmie Valley. Our hope is that donations like this help Elders and families to spend time together enjoying a healthy, hearty meal.””
“We at Mt. Si Food Bank want to express our gratitude for the Tribe’s generous Easter Donation. The Snoqualmie Tribe has been such a blessing to those in need in our local community,” said Charissa Wakeford of the Mount Si Food Bank. “During past holidays, those on the receiving end of hams and turkeys have told us how without this gift they wouldn’t have had a traditional holiday meal. They wouldn’t have invited friends and family around and it wouldn’t have been as bright.”
The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. Known as the People of the Moon, Snoqualmie were signatories to the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. Snoqualmie Tribal enterprises provide over 1,700 jobs, and the Tribe has donated over $1.5 million to nonprofit organizations in the Snoqualmie Valley since 2010.
“As I look over this past year, I realize how these gifts mean so much more than a warm meal. Thank you for bringing together families and creating reasons to celebrate,” Wakeford said. “This Easter will be the same, there will be tears and thankful hearts at our door; but again, your gift of hams and shopping bags reach out well past just them. The Snoqualmie Tribe is looked upon with such honor and respect because of your generosity and outreaching hands in the community. Thank you for spreading joy in the darkness.”