Volunteers Bring Great Results
By Lorraine Morgan Scott
December 21st, 2017, was a cold, clear morning. It starting at 6:30 am, and more than 30 volunteers started gathering at the Loon Lake Food Bank to get everything ready for the anticipated 650 clients that would soon arrive.
Some volunteers prepared and packed boxes, while others arranged bread, meat, and fresh vegetables. Some volunteers handled all the administrative necessities, and others moved supplies by forklift to where they could best be utilized. The operation was well organized and everyone was in great spirits!
When the clients arrived, they were pleasantly surprised to find there was hardly any wait, if any. It was a testament to the old adage, “many hands make light work.”
The mission of the Loon Lake Food Bank is to provide food for the hungry, and while there’s hope that there soon is no longer a need for such an organization, until then having so many volunteers contribute to the good of the community – is a wonderful thing.
We want to Thank each and everyone of you who have contributed to support your local food bank whether monetarily, in kind or in volunteering.
The Board Members data has been updated …
At this time we have an Acting Chair-President and are looking for someone interested in volunteering to fulfill this position.
Interested in the position? …Please call Gin Waldo (Food Bank Director) at 509-233-8450 (Food Bank) or on her cell 509-863-5872.
Gin Waldo, director
The Loon Lake Food Bank was started in 1980, in the trunk of a car and incorporated in 1983. As we have grown from out of a car to our large building, so has the number of clients. We are serving an average of 1600 families per month.
We have come from a very small to the largest food bank in Stevens, Pend Oreille and Ferry Counties. Our expenses escalate annually and are met only by the generous support of caring friends, businesses and agencies.
With the generosity of our supporters, we are keeping pace with the goal that there will be no hungry child, adult or senior, in our geographic area.
During our summer months, we provide breakfast and lunches to the kids in the community in need of a meal during that time.
- To feed the hungry and provide food for persons in need.
- To assist in resources and growth.
- To provide services without bias to any racial, social, ethic, sexual, ethnic, religious, age or economic group, but with respect for the confidentiality and human dignity of all those who utilize the Loon Lake Food Bank & Resource Center.