Drivers, produce, bread needed at food bank

They have about 120 volunteers total, but could really use another five or six people
By Pat Ratliff | May 02, 2013
Photo by: Pat Ratliff Meara Steele of the Edmonds Food Bank is shown with the new cooler provided by the Hazel Miller Foundation.

The Edmonds Food Bank (The Carol Rowe Memorial Edmonds Food Bank) is in dire need of food. Stocks are low and more people come in each month for help providing for their families.

“We’ve been very busy,” said Meara Steele, assistant to the director of the Edmonds Food Bank. “Last week we provided food for 395 families – that’s 11,655 meals.”

Besides food stocks, the food bank needs drivers as well.

“We’re critically low on drivers,” Steele said. “We’ll take all we can get.”

They need a minimum of six drivers to keep the two trucks and a van the food bank owns busy.

“We need drivers who can be here consistently,” Steele said.

Drivers don’t need a CDL to volunteer at the food bank, just a valid drivers license and a good driving record. The pickups are mostly local, but they also go to Northwest Harvest in Kent.

But drivers aren’t all that’s needed. They also need regular volunteers, those who are available on Mondays or Tuesdays to help with the food.

They have about 120 volunteers total, but could really use another five or six people.

If you’d like to volunteer, email: or call 425-778-5833 for information.

The Edmonds Food Bank is located in the lower level of the Edmonds United Methodist Church, 828 Caspers St.

All food donations are welcome, but especially needed right now are produce, breads and pastries.

Steele noted they aren’t getting donations from Petosa’s since it closed, but are hoping they’ll be able to work with the new IGA store when it opens.

Steele also wants to thank the Hazel Miller Foundation for funding the recent replacement of a Hobart cooler at the food bank.  The new cooler was installed in March.

The Hazel Miller Foundation has also funded another, larger cooler and at least three grants of $5,000 each for food or dairy during the past two years.

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