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May Segle | Entiat Valley Community Services FoodBank celebrating grand opening this Friday

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For 28 years, a very small nook of a concrete block building in Entiat has been home to a food bank where people in need could receive a box of food to help feed their families.

The Entiat Valley Community Services FoodBank will begin operation this fall at the former Entiat Pastry Shop property at 2084 Entiat Way. The grand opening takes place Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. along with a Health and Wellness Information Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the same location Friday and Saturday. Members of the Colville Tribe will bless the building. The public is invited to attend and share this monumental occasion, who without their support would not be taking place.

The EVCSFB will also host the Mobile Dental Bus for adult dental care in partnership with Mobility Team International from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The EVCSFB partners with Spokane 2nd Harvest, Northwest Harvest and Chelan/Douglas Community Action Council to serve the needs of our community from Chelan to Douglas counties and to anyone in need, regardless of where they reside.

The new facility will be open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Clients are able to receive food distributions twice a month, on Friday evenings from 4 to 6 p.m. that will feed them for 3-5 days. They also get to choose if they want a meal on Friday distribution days. A new schedule of events will be provided to clients at the facility.

The Entiat Valley Community Services FoodBank will also host English as a Second Language classes and cooking classes to help people cook nutritional meals that are simple. There is also an Employment Options Program to help people apply for and search for work. EVCSFB has 30 free vital programs critical for people struggling with everyday challenges of paying rent, fuel or putting food on the table for their families. EVCSFB provides school supplies, free health clinic, clothing, benefit services to apply for food stamps, shelter referrals, transportation for homebound elderly to medical appointments and basic necessities for elderly, children, families and homeless. We help move people forward from poverty, hunger and homelessness.

The EVCSFB board of directors has begun a capital campaign drive to help keep this vital service running. Funds will be used for utilities, phone, insurance, shelves, folding tables/chairs, building paint and materials, kitchen supplies, wheelchair ramp, computers, office supplies, passenger van, gas cards, printing costs, etc.

You can help by making a one-time donation, become a Leaf-by-Leaf or Foot-by-Foot donor or by becoming a once-a-month donor in our 200 Club. All are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to Entiat Valley Community Services FoodBank.

We hope you will consider joining this community wide effort to support this very needed service and help in the battle against hunger, poverty and homelessness among our neighbors and employees.

May Segle is the administrator program director at the Entiat Valley Community Services FoodBank.