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Local food bank helps those in need

  • Written by Don Mann
Food Bank
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Giving back to the community always gets a little more popular during the holiday season.

But over at the Woodinville Storehouse they do it all year long. The local food bank, located in the basement of the Woodinville Community United Methodist Church, is one of a coalition of churches working to provide quality food for their neighbors in need on the Greater Eastside: Woodinville, Redmond, Kirkland and Bothell.

According to program director Della Haug, in 2011, its first full year of service, the Woodinville Storehouse served 99 households, 28 of them in Woodinville. She added that in the last few months the organization has averaged about 47 households per week.

Haug said they serve families and individuals who have lost jobs in the current economic downturn, recent immigrants from Latin America, Russia and Vietnam, people with significant health concerns and disabilities, the elderly and struggling young families.

Its hours of operation are Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:20 p.m., and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.

Haug said the Storehouse has experienced great local support from groups and businesses, such as the City of Woodinville, Albertsons, Starbucks, Franz Bakery, 21 Acres and Panera Bread.

Individual donations, as well as cash donations, are also accepted.

“If only 10 percent of our neighbors bought one extra non-perishable item every time they shopped at the supermarket, we would add an estimated 35 tons of food per year to our food bank,” she said.

What’s the main thing she wanted people to know? “That we’re here to offer food and comfort and support.”

The Woodinville Community United Methodist Church is located at 17110 140th Ave. NE in Woodinville.

The phone information line is (425) 483-5252. The Web site is www.woodinvillestorehouse.org.

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