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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.

How to Run a Successful Food/Fund Drive

While the way you decide to conduct your food drive is completely up to you, most coordinators follow these basic steps:

  • Decide on dates, locations, and supplies needed for your drive.
  • Complete a participation form to notify us of your activity and order supplies.
  • Promote your food drive to prospective participants (employees, customers, members, etc.) via print, email, and social media.
  • Start collecting food and money!

At the end of your drive, Helping Hands Food Bank will pick up your food barrels and donated funds, weigh and count your donations and report back your totals.

Selecting dates
First, decide on dates for your food drive. Food drives can run as little as two hours or for up to two months. Some donors even collect food and money year round. The average drive is usually about two to three weeks.

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