Volunteers help fight food insecurity at Yakima Rotary Food Bank

YAKIMA, Wash. — In the midst of a pandemic, Yakima Rotary Food Bank is continuing to provide hundreds of families with free food in the hopes that no one will go hungry.

While the food bank has had to change the way they distribute food due to COVID-19 concerns, it hasn’t stopped them from getting food to people who need it; volunteers wear masks and gloves and frequently wash their hands.

Instead of having people come inside the food bank building on the corner of South Seventh Street and South Central Avenue in Yakima, volunteers have created outdoor lines in the parking lot with marks on the ground to keep people six feet apart.

In the past few weeks, the food bank has served 550 families — with roughly four to a household, that’s about 2,200 people served. Last month, they handed out food to about 160 families who’d never been to the food bank before.

HOW IT WORKS:

Anyone who wants to take advantage of the program can do so by coming to the food bank between 8:30 a.m. and noon on Fridays.

No documentation or personally identifying information is required, but the food bank requests that people wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Those seeking food are only asked:

  • The total number of people in their household
  • The approximate age range of household members
  • Whether this is the household’s first visit since June 30
  • The approximate age range of any new household members since their previous visit

Anyone wanting to donate to the Yakima Rotary Food Bank can:

  • Make an online donation through PayPal here.
  • Send a check to Yakima Rotary Food Bank, P.O. Box 2221, Yakima, WA 98907-2221.
  • Donate food or unopened hygiene items. For more information, call 509-853-8918.

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