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Help Kingston Food Bank keep its home | In Our Opinion
Since Nov. 25, the Kingston Food Bank has had a home from which to help local people who need food. That’s thanks to a grant from the Pam Foster and Liz Austin Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the Seattle Foundation.
The Kingston Food Bank is located at 26102 Illinois Ave., a two-story house next to the Sheriff’s Department. The food bank lost its longtime home in December 2012 and, in the ensuing year, operated in temporary quarters and, for a time, an RV.
The grant covered the food bank’s rent for one year. The food bank is now raising money to ensure it can stay at 26102 Illinois Ave. beyond this November, a mere five months away. On the last weekend of every month, the food bank hosts a yard sale to help raise rent money for another year. It’s going to take more than a yard sale to raise money for a year’s worth of rent and utilities; it’s going to take community giving.
It’s a worthy investment.
The food bank, founded by Fulton’s parents in 1952, meets the needs of approximately 50 families a week. The food bank also provides school supplies to local students in September, and has clothing for people in need.
Help keep a great thing going; give to the Kingston Food Bank. The food bank’s hours are noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The phone numbers are 297-4861 and 297-7100.