First came the outrage: who could be cruel enough to steal nearly $2000 worth of food from a food bank?
When the Rainier Valley Food Bank staff arrived early Wednesday morning, they found the lock on their storage container cut. Missing, according to a Seattle Times report, was several hundred pounds of produce plus 30 crates of canned fruit, soup, chips, peanut butter and vegetables collected by volunteers last weekend in preparation for the coming Thanksgiving holiday. The need is particularly dire: this time last year, the food bank served about 5,000 people a month, but this year, the number has risen to approximately 10,000 says executive director Sam Osborne.
But good news has followed the bad.
Today, on the tenth and last day of United Way’s Give 10/Tell 10 campaign, every dollar raised will go directly to the Rainier Valley Food Bank. What’s more, according to United Way staffer Madeline Moy (who asked me to help spread the word), the non-profit plans to match those donations dollar-for-dollar. So quick! Tell your friends, your family, your social network-pals: donate right here via the United Way website.
UPDATE: 11/19/09 5:11 p.m. PCC Natural Markets also put their money where hungry mouths are today with a donation of more than $1,000 worth of fresh, organic produce to Rainier Valley Food Bank. With the assistance of produce suppliers Organically Grown Company and Peterson Fruit Company, PCC will deliver a shipment directly to the food bank on Friday — a day before the food bank’s planned Thanksgiving distribution. Through the generosity of shoppers’ donations, thousands of pounds of staples are distributed to local food banks each month courtesy of the Seattle-based co-op’s Food Bank Program.