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Letters | Carnation food bank needs to be saved
For the last 10 years, I’ve been involved in the running of a food bank in Carnation.
We feed around 200 families a week. We help anybody who comes to the door, including the homeless, no questions asked.
During all that time, this food bank has been very generously sponsored by the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe. Even when they, as a people, had nothing, they were always there, supporting this public food bank as a community service. Now, sadly, this longtime service to east King County is ending, as we have been told that our funding from our primary sponsor, including the use of our building and truck will cease on Christmas Eve, December 24.
We are searching for a replacement space and funding, but we weren’t given much warning.
This is a disaster! Not only for our food bank, but more so for the entire Snoqualmie Valley. We occupy a critical spot in the help grid in east King County that many not involved in the system may not be aware of. A large portion of our clients cannot be served at the other major food banks in the area. They have been turned away because they can’t meet those food banks’ requirements for registration.
Over the years, we have been the only emergency food supply open in Carnation in time of flood or heavy snow.
Here in east King County, just 20 miles from the Microsoft campus, you’d be amazed to know how many people are below the poverty level, but you’d be far more amazed to know how many people live below that! Most people aren’t even aware of food banks except on Thanksgiving and Christmas when they show them on TV, but we are here all year, going full tilt!
We are hope for many of the families we serve. Some are people that get their entire nutrition for the week from our Food Bank, who because of their situation can’t get help elsewhere in the area. We must be here to help them! This food bank must survive!
If we can’t save our food bank and we are forced to close, this is a wrong in the food distribution system that must be righted.
Fred Vosk, volunteer