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School backpacks effort can still use help 

SNOHOMISH — The Snohomish Community Food Bank gave a big push for its annual backpack program but the need is still out there.
Despite the success of giving 300 backpacks away, there is still a need for more backpacks, food bank director Elizabeth Grant said.
Cathcart, Central, Emerson and Machias elementary schools and Centennial Middle School still need backpacks for underprivileged students. 
There are still opportunities to drop off a backpack at the food bank, 1330 Ferguson Park Rd.
This is the final year the food bank is handling the program before it hands the reins over to another, yet to be determined group.
“We had not one backpack left over,” Grant said. “But this is our last year doing the backpack program. We just need to focus on food. We’re passing the baton to another group that can do it. Let others do what they do best, and we’ll continue what we do best.”
The food bank will be focusing its efforts and additional funding in food projects, such as the home delivery for the elderly, weekend food donations for underprivileged high school students, shuttles, and the take-home food bag programs.
This fall, the food bank is in need of more canned vegetables, canned fruits and cereal.
“Yesterday, we fed 139 families. The numbers are coming down a little from last year, we feed 280 families a week,” Grant said. “We’re running low, but we tend to run low at this time of year.”
The food bank served 300 families a week last year around this time.
“You can almost hear an echo in the back stockroom!” Grant said.
Donation times at the food bank:
Mondays: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesdays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursdays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Nonperishable items can be placed in the food bank’s outside drop box at any time. 


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