Art Walk Edmonds businesses partnering with food bank to fight hunger — and you can help

Look for this sign at participating Art Walk businesses.
Look for this sign at participating Art Walk businesses.

Lourdes Becker spent six hours last Sunday with a very cold hose in her hand, washing the mud off 1,400 pounds of donated squash. Her efforts will add to the stocks of food available to those in need of food assistance in the Edmonds area.

A team of volunteers drove up to a farm near Snohomish where a portion of a field had been set aside to provide food banks an opportunity to harvest squash and pumpkins.

This month, Edmonds Art Walk (AWE) is teaming up with the Edmonds Food Bank to help fight hunger in our area. “We are excited to partner with our local food bank. With hundreds of people exposed to the community through AWE each month, we wanted to use our platform to give back. We want to make donating food easy for the community.” said AWE board member Beth Sanger, who owns Ombu Salon and Spa.

Every Tuesday morning, a small army of volunteers converges on the Edmonds Methodist Church to fight the ongoing war on hunger in our community.

Roberta, Jackie and Pam stand ready to serve at the Edmonds Food Bank.
Roberta, Jackie and Pam stand ready to serve at the Edmonds Food Bank.

From about 5:30 in the morning into the late afternoon when the last volunteer shuts the door, over 60 individuals will take time out of their schedules to contribute to the effort.

Last week the Edmonds Food Bank served 383 families which included over 200 infants and toddlers.

As a result of federal reductions in funding for “food stamps” or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) families in Washington state will see an additional cut in assistance for the months of November and December. The State of Washington will pick up the slack left by Federal reductions by January, but the short fall is anticipated to strain the local food banks even more as we come into the holiday season.

What can you do?

Between now and Nov. 22, bring non-perishable food items to participating Art Walk businesses!

Third Thursday Art Walk is Nov. 20 from 5 to 8 p.m. this month. Art Walk businesses are encouraging participants to bring their donations with them when they visit for the art walk:

Ombu Salon and Spa

Edmonds Vision Center

Comstock Jewelers

Rick Steves’ Europe Inc.

The Papery

Coldwell Banker Bain


Aria Studio Gallery

Gallery North

Edmonds Frame Design

House Wares

Zinc Art + Interiors

Edmonds Conference Center

Cole Gallery


Reread Books


Christopher Framing and Gallery

Cline Jewelers


Cest la Vie

Edmonds Bookshop

Rebeka’s Boutique

 — Submitted by Olivia Yates on behalf of Art Walk Edmonds


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