When I first volunteered at the food bank I noticed how many bakery goods we get in. Each week we give out dozens of cookies, cakes, and donuts to families. Another board member and I wondered how we could give out healthier food to clients.
Knowing from experience that young children will eat and enjoy healthy food, I decided to try to give young children alternatives to all the baked goods. The idea for healthier snacks at the Food Bank was born.
I wrote several grant proposals and was given a grant of $10,000 from Seattle’s Norcliffe Foundation. Although I am able to distribute only once each month, the program has been well received by parents and kids alike. I hope to extend the program for another year and expand it to more clients. Why not give healthier snacks to all clients?
If you’d like to help, call the food bank at 360-568-1054 and ask for John Snyder.