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February 2023 | Director's Report

Hey all!

We had one grocery store food drive for the month that brought in $524 and 975 pounds of food. We also had the Valentine’s bake sale that brought in $736.24.

Up 3% from January, we served 3,822 individuals in 1,312 families. The number served is up 28.8% from February 2022.

We received 61,372 pounds of food through donations, government commodities, grocery store food rescue, food drives and purchases. 51,793 pounds of food were served for the month.

89 volunteers donated 701 hours of service valued at $11,699.69.

Tom Thumb has gotten the okay from Chevron to also do round-up at the register! They are just waiting for the Chevron rep to come in and set it up on their system.

Sophina and I went down to Olympia for Hunger Action Day. We got to lobby on behalf of bills that support organizations fighting food insecurity, as well as seek out support from local representatives and senators for our capital budget request.

As of March 1st, SNAP/EBT benefits have gone back to their “normal” pre-covid amounts, with the minimum benefit being around $24 each month. We expect to see a huge increase in the number of people coming to us, as we have had a lot of people reach out asking how they get services.

February’s meal was chicken tostadas. Only 10 families participated this month, but the person running the program with the school district is hoping more families will start to get interested.

Respectfully submitted,

Anthony Hawley, Executive Director


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