Edmonds Food Bank partners with Edmonds Lutheran in search for permanent home

L-R: Edmonds Food Bank Board Chair Pat Shields, Edmonds Lutheran Pastor Tim Oleson and Food Bank Executive Director Casey Davis with the memorandum of understanding signed this week. (Photo courtesy of Edmonds Food Bank)

The Edmonds Food Bank has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Edmonds Lutheran Church as the first step toward a long-term lease to accommodate construction of a new food bank home on the church property, located just off Highway 99 at 23525 84th Ave. W.

While much remains to be finalized, the action announced this week marks a promising first step that would complement and support the two organizations’ common mission to provide for people in need.

“Feeding people has been such a huge part of our mission here at Edmonds Lutheran, so we are excited about this partnership and what it will be able to do for the community and the continued operations of the food bank,” said Edmonds Lutheran Pastor Tim Oleson.

“The board, staff and volunteers of the food bank are thrilled to have a path forward that allows us to serve our customers in a space and location that supports our mission of addressing food insecurity and its root causes.” says Edmonds Food Bank Executive Director Casey Davis. “We’ve been working with the church on this for more than two years, and would not have accomplished this in Edmonds without the amazing support of Pastor Tim Oleson and our partners at Edmonds Lutheran. While the MOU is a big step, it’s just the beginning — there are still many hoops to jump through before this can become a reality.”

One of those first steps is launching a capital campaign, which will be spearheaded by two recently hired new faces at the Food Bank: Development Director Jeremy Peck and Individual Giving Manager Karen Andrew.

The Edmonds Food Bank now operates out of Edmonds United Methodist Church, providing food on Mondays from 2:30-6 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Even with this limited schedule, the facility is able to serve more than 12 households every 10 minutes, largely due to the efforts of the more than 300 food bank volunteers. A new facility would allow expanded hours to better accommodate the needs and schedules of food bank customers.

“A new space would mean that our customers would have more choice and control, both with the foods they are choosing, and the times they are able to shop for food,” says Food Bank Program Manager Andrew Brokaw.

For more information or to support Edmonds Food Bank,  visit www.edmondsfoodbank.org.

  1. It seems people making use of food banks has nearly tripled in the last few years. Seems our government would prefer to add food banks and social services versus addressing the causes for people to need help. Sure in all recorded time there have always people in need. The strange thing with today is the government creates a environment which a ever growing number of the people are now reliant on assistance to meet their entitled needs. And they tell me this is progress. Strange new world.

  2. Bravo! Too bad the City had to most of its’ ARPA money to prop up the GF; and the City still is not transparent about those number in the budget not reconciling? I realize we have to wait six months to see what the Rosen’s team recommends – but citizens and Finance Chair Chen deserves more timeliness in a repayment schedule of reserve funds and what the City will do to fund operations before the six months is over. The task force is great but the City still bleeds with the high costs of labor and extravagant use of professional services. Planning and Development dept. spent $1.6M last year of taxpayers money on what? And Shane Hope never spent more than $250k on average! Significant environmental, zoning, design standards for multi-family and transitional zones codes all remain undone? So, who’s accountable for the $700k spent in excess of approved budget? Taxpayers deserve answers!

    Perhaps Snohomish County still has ARPA funds? They contributed a substantial amount of $$ to the new VoA community center.

    Thank you, Casey and ALL the volunteers at the Food Bank for your continued efforts to help relieve the stress associated with food insecurities and serving those in need of less costly food in the greater King and Snohomish County areas.

    Lastly, thank you Pastor Oleson for seeing this immediate need!

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