Take A Bite For Skagit
During the Take A Bite For Skagit participating restaurants will donate a percentage of their sales to raise funds for Community Action's Skagit Food Distribution Center (SFDC), the centralized distribution center for all of the food banks in Skagit County. They work behind the scenes to provide 1.5 million pounds of food to 15 local food banks and 4 hot meal programs serving over 45,000 Skagit County residents annually. In addition to being the central distribution hub, they work to serve vulnerable populations in our community by coordinating healthy food delivery to homebound seniors and weekend lunches for school children across the county. They believe that all Skagitonians should have access to healthy, nutritious food to thrive at school, work, and at home.
They buy produce that is in high demand, but less frequently donated such as beets, cabbage, carrots, green beans, tomatillos, chilacayotes, etc. They also get top quality produce at a discount while helping local farmers to cover their harvest costs when a market closes or a purchase deal falls through. Due to the shorter shelf life of produce compared to shelf stable products, they have to store and deliver this produce quickly to ensure freshness. They partner with many local farms including Bay Baby Produce, Blue Heron Farm, Blanchard Mountain Farm, Cabrera Farm, Cascadian Farm, Foothills Flowers Farm, Forest Farmstead, G & D Wallace, Harts Farm and Homestead, Highland Farm West, Highwater Farm, Knutzen Farms, Lopez Brothers Farm, Mariposa Farm, Norm Nelson Potatoes, NW Green Farm, NW Wild Foods, Osprey Hill Farm, Pollen Folly Farm, Pure Nelida, Rocky Farm Foods, Samish Island Community Garden, Skagit Flats Farm, Sky Harvest Farm, Spring Time Farm, Treehouse Produce, Valley Pride, Waxwing Farm, and Well Fed Farms.
Proceeds from last year's Take a Bite For Skagit went directly to purchasing, storing, and distributing fresh produce items to the 15 foods banks and 4 hot meal programs including Alger Food Bank, Anacortes 100 Food Bank, Salvation Army Food Bank (Anacortes), Tri-Parish Food Bank (Burlington), Community Covenant Food Bank (Clear Lake), Concrete Food Bank, Hamilton Community Food Bank, Shepherd's Heart Care Center (Lyman-Now Closed), La Conner Sunrise Food Bank, Bread of Life Food Bank (Marblemount), Neighbors in Need Food Bank (Mount Vernon), Helping Hands Food Bank (Sedro-Woolley), Stanwood-Camano Food Bank, His Pantry Food Bank (Camano), North Whidbey Help House (Oak Harbor), Friendship House Cafe (Mount Vernon), YMCA Oasis Teen Shelter (Mount Vernon), Open Door Community Kitchen (Sedro-Woolley), and Skagit Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services (Mount Vernon).
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