Blaine Food Bank is so blessed to serve in this community. More than any other time 2021 has indeed proven what a privilege it is to be a part of a community that truly cares.
As with many others we have struggled this year. We have faced supply chain issues, the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and rising prices, while demands for assistance have skyrocketed.
With summer we were blessed with the bounty of local home farmers’ fresh produce, and when the growing season ended, we were the recipients of a $16,000 gift from the ‘Good Ol Boys” golf tournament, and recently an amazing donation of over 2 tons of food, and $1,700 in cash from Blaine Elementary School that carried us through to this year’s Matching Funds Campaign. Through the generosity of this caring community our all-volunteer crew collected, sorted and distributed 1,850,000 pounds of food to 20,500 local families that included 11,500 seniors, 37,600 adults and 28,500 children.
2022 will mark the Blaine Food Bank’s 50th anniversary of serving this community. Many people have worked long and hard over the years to establish this essential service to provide hunger relief to our friends and neighbors. What a privilege it is to be associated with this organization!
Looking forward, it is our hope to replace the tent that we currently use for distribution with a pole building that will provide much needed additional space for both distribution and storage. We are currently in the preliminary planning and permit stages, and with luck we hope to be under cover before the onset of next year’s bad weather. We will continue to honor all who support our operation through service to those in need.
Sally Church, Blaine Food Bank operations manager
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