Congresswoman DelBene to honor Blaine Food Bank founder


Just weeks after winning national recognition for his work with the Blaine Food Bank, Bert Isackson will be honored once again.

On Saturday, February 28, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene will present Isackson with a U.S. Congressional Record. The record certifies his receipt of the National Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.

Isackson was presented with the national award on January 23, in recognition of the work he did with the Blaine Food Bank for nearly 50 years. Isackson is the first person in Whatcom County to receive the award.

In addition to the presidential recognition, the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County gave him the first-ever Bert Isackson Award for outstanding community service, and mayor Kelli Linville declared January 23 Bert Isackson Day in Bellingham.

Blaine mayor Harry Robinson will present Isackson with a similar accolade: February 28 will now officially be Bert Isackson Day in the city of Blaine.

Congresswoman DelBene will stay in Blaine for the day after the ceremony. She plans to take a tour of the city and attend the Whatcom County Math Championship at Blaine Middle School.

The awards ceremony will take place at Good Samaritan Society – Stafholt from 10 to 11 a.m. RSVP by Thursday, February 26 by calling 543-9982 or emailing Debbie Harger at

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