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Letters | Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank’s statement of principles
We are pleased to announce a new community organization, started by neighbors for neighbors. The Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank is a new, community-based organization dedicated to providing food and key resources to help our neighbors and our community thrive.
For many, access to food and key resources can be a challenge. Supplemental support, or as we refer to it, a hand-up can be critical to someone’s well-being. That is why we are excited to bring the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank to our community—to serve all of our neighbors in Snoqualmie Valley (including Preston, Snoqualmie, North Bend and Fall City areas), when they need it, where they need it.
This new, inclusive food bank will be operating from our location at 122 E. Third St. in North Bend (next to the North Bend Library) and will be distributing food every Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Founded on the belief that the health of our community is dependent on the well-being of those that live in it, the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank has established three guiding principles to serving its clients:
• To be a helpful, inclusive resource to our neighbors when they need a hand up.
• To be a safe place to get food and other helpful resources.
• To treat all clients with respect and care.
The food bank will be open February 5, and provide an assortment of nutritious groceries clients can choose from. This shopping model concept will allow our clients the independence and flexibility they deserve when seeking supplemental food support.
In addition to providing access to food, the SVFB will offer access to other resources such as Department of Health and Social Services and King County Department of Health (access to child care, energy assistance, health care and other services).
Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank is an organization run by neighbors, for our neighbors. We are actively seeking corporate and personal donations, as well as individuals who are interested in supporting this new organization.
We understand there are many organizations for you to support, both in time and in donations. Our committed board has established three guiding principles for donations and ongoing support of the SVFB:
• All funds donated to SVFB will be used to support our mission of providing food and resources to our neighbors.
• Experience drives efficiencies; our team is experienced so we know how to make donations go far and operations to run smoothly.
• Dedication to our cause drives our actions; we are dedicated to making a direct impact in the lives of our neighbors.
We invite you and all members of our community to learn more about us. Please feel free to stop by during our hours of operation or learn more at www.snoqualmievalleyfoodbank.org.
Heidi Dukich, executive director, and
Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank board and staff,