Petanque Club donates to food bank

Sep 12, 2013
Dick Van Hollebeke and Jerry Fireman of the Edmonds Petanque Club hand over the club donation to Peggy Kennedy and John Becker of the Edmonds Food Bank.

Following a successful fundraiser at their petanque tournament in August, members of the Edmonds Petanque Club had the privilege of presenting a donation of more than $4,300 in groceries, cash, and in-kind donations to the Edmonds Food Bank on Sept. 3.

Every Tuesday all year around, food bank volunteers gather at the Edmonds United Methodist Church to distribute wholesome food to nearly 400 families, providing more than 14,000 meals each week.

The Edmonds Food Bank depends heavily on the support of the community at large to fulfill its mission.

Much of the food is donated by individuals, as well as many of the area’s grocery stores, but in order to provide balanced and nutritious meals, the food bank must purchase several thousand dollars’ worth of groceries each week.

Volunteers start at 6 a.m. on Mondays to sort out all of the food they have collected during the week, while other volunteers make more than 42 pickups by car and truck to bring more donations to the church.

On Tuesday mornings, volunteers are again on-site at 6 a.m. to organize that week’s groceries into different categories: canned goods, fruits, vegetables, dairy, etc.

After the sorting is finished, at 10 a.m. that day, Edmonds residents begin shopping for their family’s needs.

Each client has preregistered to indicate the size of his/her family and therefore how much food is needed. At 11 a.m. the doors are open to people from outside the Edmonds area.

All of the food bank’s work is done by more than 100 volunteers, ensuring that every dollar received from donors goes to food that will be distributed.

Led by Peggy Kennedy, Food Bank Director for the past 32 years, and Jon Becker, Food Bank Manager, volunteers do everything from driving trucks to loading palettes of canned goods to sorting pounds of donated food to handing food to hungry people with a smile.

The food bank welcomes any donation large or small to support this very important need in our community. To donate, call at 425-778-5833 or mail a check to: Edmonds Food Bank, 828 Caspers St., Edmonds, WA 98020.

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