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Tue Aug 9, 2022, 03:51 PM

'Shelves are bare': More need, fewer donations puts strain on food banks

EVERETT — Usually, the plastic totes are filled to the brim with packages of ramen. On Friday? Empty.

It’s just one piece of a troubling picture at Snohomish County food banks: shortages amid a surge in demand and high inflation.

“Walking into the warehouse, the shelves are bare,” said Chris Hatch, senior director of Hunger Prevention with Volunteers of America Western Washington. The nonprofit operates food banks in Everett and Sultan and pop-up pantries off Casino Road.

In June, the number of people accessing the Everett Food Bank increased 138% over figures from April, exceeding demand early in the pandemic, according to the Volunteers of America.

https://www.heraldnet.com/news/shelves-are-bare-more-need-fewer-donations-puts-strain-on-food-banks/

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Tue Aug 9, 2022, 04:15 PM

1. Thanks for the reminder. I will make a donation to my local food bank today. They do great work.

And they do not get paid. I know some of these people devote their full time to helping folks in need.

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Tue Aug 9, 2022, 04:21 PM

2. Calling MacKenzie Scott......Calling the Gates Foundation...etc.

She lives in Seattle, not far at all from Everett. Or could Bill or Melinda help?

There are SO MANY wealthy people in Washington State that's it just unbelievable that the food banks are hurting.

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