Whidbey Island Bank helps food bank establish summer feeding program | CORRECTED

  • Mon Jun 12th, 2017 4:36pm
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Good Cheer Food Bank is seeking donations to qualify for a $5,000 matching grant that will help buy food for struggling families this summer.

The food bank is trying to $5,000 for a summer feeding program. Once it reaches that goal, Whidbey Island Bank will match the sum. The combined $10,000 will assist families for three months, June-August. It’s a tough time of year for many families, a press release said.

“One the final school bell rings in summer, many families begin feel the extra pinch on their food budgets,” the release said. “There are also many grandparents who take on summer care of their grandchildren while the parents work. This adds a big burden to families who already struggle to put food on the table.”

The program will allow Good Cheer to offer an additional 10 points to families with children under 18 living with them, which equates to an additional 8-14 percent worth of food.

To donate, visit any Good Cheer location or mail a check to Good Cheer Food Bank PO Box 144, Langley, WA 98260. You can also donate online at www.goodcheer.org/donate.

Editor’s note: Due to an inaccurate press release, the original version of this story contained an error. Good Cheer Food Bank is in the process of raising money for a $5,000 match with Whidbey Island Bank. The goal has not yet been reached and the matched money has not yet been awarded.