Holiday News, Requests, and Thanks from Tri-Area Food Bank

The Tri-Area Food Bank is counting on plentiful holiday-season donations. John and Sue Laird, co-managers of the food bank, said they appreciate the ongoing generosity of the community and the dedication of the volunteers.

New/old drive-through process. Last month the food bank returned to a drive-through system that lets volunteers deliver food items to customers in their cars. Due to the uptick in the Covid-19 variant, all the Jefferson County food banks had to change back to this system to protect their volunteers and customers. 

Can you help? Volunteers spend a lot of time outside and colder weather can be challenging, so the food bank is hoping for a donation of an outdoor heater. As the food bank gears up for the holidays, they also need turkeys, canned pumpkin, yams, olives, jars of pickles, gravy, and bags of stuffing. And they are always in need of jams and jellies to go with the peanut butter they receive elsewhere.

Every week the 97 kids in the Chimacum Backpacks for Kids Program get a packed bag to take home so they have food for the weekend. Needed packable lunch supplies include small bags of crackers, fruit snacks, fruit cups, energy bars, and cups of chili, for example. On a monthly basis, the food bank collects or buys the supplies and passes them on to be used in the weekly bags.  

Holiday happenings. For Christmas this year, the food bank will host a Santa to greet the kids and have their pictures taken with him. (Jim Rabb is going to play Santa and will generously cover the costs of the photos.) Parents will receive the pictures before Christmas. Each kid up to Grade 12 will get to pick a gift. The food bank is requesting unwrapped presents for the gift program and financial support for the picture program.

If you’d prefer to make a general donation, please make your check payable to the Tri-Area Food Bank, P.O. Box 760, Port Hadlock, WA 98339.