Food bank still needs donations

December 22, 2008

By Jim Feehan

With the economy in free fall and unemployment soaring, food bank donations are needed more than ever this holiday season, according to the director of the Issaquah Food Bank.

The food bank has seen a 57 percent increase in the number of people served compared with this time last year, said Cherie Meier, executive director. The facility served about 300 individuals at the end of 2007. Today, that number is close to 470, Meier said.

While the number of families served is skyrocketing, donations of food and clothing are down, she said.

“Last Christmas season, we received about 1,1o0 pounds of food a week. This holiday, it’s about 550 to 600 pounds a week,” she said. “So many people who have donated to us in the past have lost their jobs and they’re now turning to us for food.”

Canned stew, chili, instant soup products, fresh fruits, infant formula and diapers are especially needed this time of year. In addition, gift cards for teens are needed, Meier said.

The center also provides services for 30 homeless people in Issaquah. Sleeping bags, blankets, socks and tarps are needed for them.

“Every little bit helps this holiday season,” she said. 

Reach Reporter Jim Feehan at 392-6434, ext. 239, or jfeehan@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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