It is harrowing to realize the radical changes the ongoing impact of COVID 19 has had on our everyday lives.
The "Border" is essentially closed, grimly affecting countless local businesses that have either shuttered or been severely crippled by the economic fallout from the loss of Canadian tourism. Many of our children are attending school from their kitchen tables, often requiring a parent to remain at home. Professional sports stadiums are filled with cardboard cut-outs of cheering fans. Family gatherings and holiday celebrations have been all but cancelled. Facemasks have become part of the essential wardrobe for public outings. Folks in care facilities are still in lock down, and may not have hugged a loved one in over 8 months. We live in fear of an invisible enemy that has taken so many lives, and caused so much pain.
Unfortunately, some things have not changed. Our neighbors continue to line up in the wind, rain and cold to receive food to help to feed their families, and we, the all-volunteer team at the Blaine Food Bank stand together to provide whatever help we can.
We have definitely faced challenges this year, a significantly increased need, unprecedented food supply-chain disruptions, cancelled food drives, and having to constantly redefine our operation to better protect our volunteers and the people that we serve.
We could not have possibly met these challenges without the outpouring of support from our community, individuals ,businesses and churches that all came together to help us provide for our neighbors in need. We are so grateful to each of you, and know, with no uncertainty, that we would not have made it through these trying and ever-changing times without you. We are so grateful for your support.
And now, we must ask for your help again. Our very generous anonymous benefactor has once again offered us $30,000.00 if that amount is matched by community donations from now until December 20, 2020. These funds are essential for us to continue to provide milk and eggs to the families that we serve for the next year.
We make this request with a heavy heart. We know that these are difficult times for everyone, and it pains us to further burden the community that has been so giving to us and so many other local organizations, during this economic and health crisis.
Donations can be made by mail to:
Blaine Food Bank
PO Box 472
Blaine WA 98230
or on our website:
(CLICK THE DONATE BUTTON AT TOP OF PAGE)
or in person at:
Blaine Food Bank
500 C St
If you can help us meet this goal, Thank You!
If you are struggling to feed your family, come to see us, we are here to help.
Thank you for caring, and stay safe.
Blaine Food Bank Volunteers