Blaine Food Bank calls on the public to raise 25K by mid-December

As days pass by, the money being raised for the Blaine Food Bank’s current fundraising initiative continues to roll in. If the food bank reaches its goal of $25,000 by mid-December, an anonymous local donor has committed to match
the funds in full.

That money, $50,000 at a minimum, would pay for a year’s worth of eggs and milk from Lynden-based Edaleen Dairy for the food bank, which serves neighboring locations in Birch Bay and Custer, said office manager Joan Smith.

fooddriveitemshc0911_m_150_c_yThe campaign ends on Friday, December 16 and the public is invited to donate with cash or check, by mail or in person.

The campaign is usually the year’s most successful in terms of total funds raised for the organization, Smith said. “It’s wonderful,” she added.

On average, 400 families, or 1,500 individuals, visit the facility weekly and receive more than 20,000 pounds of foodstuffs. Demand is on the rise – the volunteer organization is serving 100 more families than it was last year at the same time.

“It seems to go up every year,” Smith said.

The campaign, which began on October 17, had raised $2,200 in just five days.

The Blaine Food Bank is accepting monetary donations in person at its location at 500 C Street in Blaine. Checks or cash can also be mailed to P.O. Box 472.

The organization always accepts non-perishable foods as well as baby products and pet food, which are often in high demand.

For more information about the Blaine Food Bank, call 360/332-6350.

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