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We are Skagit County’s largest direct emergency food provider. Last year we distributed 1.2 million pounds of food to over 3,400 unduplicated families, representing over 15,000 individuals. The number of clients relying on our assistance in 2013 increased by 9%.

In 2013 we served an average of 648 families (representing 2,400-3,500 individuals) each week. Over 60% our clients are either children or seniors. There is a sizable population of either physically or mentally disabled. Many are working, yet are unable to meet their families basic needs, including food.

We are making a positive difference for local families, and our community as a whole. We bring over 2 million dollars of resources into Skagit County annually and distribute this to those who need assistance. This assistance allows them to spend the money they do have on other needs supporting our local economy.

Last Two Months In Review

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Thanksgiving
We served 811 families during Thanksgiving representing 3,329 Skagit County community members.

In addition to the regular staple items we give out, we also had turkeys, hams, stuffing, canned pumpkin, canned cranberries, canned green beans, macaroni and cheese, fresh yams, fresh apples, potatoes, onions, dinner rolls, and spice cakes. We gave out a total of 50,000 lbs of food on Thanksgiving.

We want to thank the over one hundred volunteers who lended their helping hands to ours on Thanksgiving day.

Team Additions
Zoey Ferenczy, our new Volunteer Coordinator, joined our team the week of Thanksgiving, and we are excited to welcome her to the Helping Hands Food Bank!

Skagit Reads Program
We participated and sponsored the Skagit Reads Program in October. “Closing The Food Gap” by Mark Winne was the book for the month.