Since becoming a nonprofit in 2019, Edmonds Food Bank has helped feed about 98,000 people a year. We have built mutually beneficial partnerships with LETI (Latino Education and Training Institute), Korean Family Services and Washington Kids in Transition through which EFB provides onsite food distributions as well as volunteer opportunities for our partners’ clients. EFB has created pop-up food distributions throughout the community to bring food to more convenient locations for our customers at times outside the 9–5 hours.
Drivers provided by Edmonds Waterfront Center and other partners deliver to over 165 senior and disabled customers who cannot come to the food bank every week. We have been working with low-income senior housing providers such as Soundview/Olympic View Apartments, Ballinger Court Apartments, and the Reserve to help residents complete online food orders and we have built partnerships with the local library, churches, and other community organizations that allow us to have food bags maintained at those locations in case of emergencies.
Despite all the growth—from expansion of food distribution programs to the hiring of three full-time staff members—there has still been a 300% increase in the number of customers since June 2014. Last year, EFB distributed over 2 million pounds of food to over 2,000 customers each week. And, the demand for food assistance continues to skyrocket due to rampant inflation impacting the cost of necessities such as groceries, medicine, utilities and rent. Forcing our neighbors to have to make tough choices between buying food or purchasing much needed medication.
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