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June 26, 2016
This report first appeared June 24 in the Chronicle's Breaking News section
(SULTAN, WA.) -- There is thievery and then there is low down, no good thievery. Some folks might agree that the phrase low down no good thievery should be reserved for someone who steals a food bank truck.
That's what someone did. They boosted the town of Sultan's food bank truck along with a laptop and now the food bank, a lifeline for many in the community, is scrambling to figure out how to deliver food and baby supplies to needy folks in the area.
Food bank director Calei Vaughn told KCPQ-TV in Seattle that the food bank manager reported to work Wednesday morning only to find the truck gone. Vaugn told the station the facility has repeatedly been the target of thieves for several months.
It was determined the truck was actually stolen sometime Tuesday night. The thief or thieves also broke in and stole the laptop.
The food bank uses the truck to deliver supplies to more than 400 needy households. You can help out in this time of need.
Vaugn told the station they need some help from volunteers to deliver food and supplies. Call 360-793-8609 if you can help out.
SULTAN FOOD BANK
Address: 703 1st St, Sultan, WA 98294
Client Eligibility: Any individual living in Sultan, Startup, Gold Bar, Index, or Skykomish can shop at the Food Bank twice per month.
Hours of Operation: Tuesday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm | Friday: 9:30am - 12:00pm
THE NEED IS LARGE AND ONGOING
According to Volunteers of America/Western Washington some 48,000 people will visit a food bank in Snohomish County this month.
The VOA has found over time that the vast majority of people (over 50%) who need the services of its food banks are children and seniors, come from working households, families on unemployment, or those on fixed incomes who struggle to make ends meet.
Volunteers of America/Western Washington has food pantries located in Everett, Sultan, Mill Creek, and North Seattle which distribute emergency food to families, children, seniors, and individuals in need.
Not only does the agency provide food to those in need, it works with community partners and coalitions to leverage community resources, raise awareness, and support for our hungry neighbors.