Lake Stevens food bank gets new directorsBY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR Making a great thing even better After months of searching, the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank is now in the very capable hands of Jim and Betty Foster.
Jim is a retired minister and knows all about serving the community and the efforts involved in keeping a volunteer organization up and running. Betty has also served the community in many capacities and is best known for her musical talent and beautiful singing voice.
“Jim has a background in church work so he already understood what was involved,” Mitch Robinson, President of the Lake Stevens Community Food Bank said. “This is a man who understands volunteers and he will be a great assets to us.”
The Fosters started volunteering at the food bank in June and heard through the Synergy group, and their daughter-in-law Donna, that the food bank was in desperate need of a director.
Jim retired six months ago from his full-time ministry work and determined that he wanted to continue his service in the community. That’s when he decided to apply for the director position.
“I was bored and wanted to serve more, I knew I had a lot to give,” Jim said.
Since last September the food bank has been without a director. That’s when Dona Ferro stepped up and volunteered to help out until a new director was found. She is quick to point out that many people joined forces to help keep the food bank well organized and open for the business of helping others.
“We all tried to save the integrity and function of the food bank,” Ferro said.
Community efforts are what keep the food bank open. This week alone, a local PTA group donated money and the Kiwanis donated over $1,000 worth of peanut butter and jelly. This is on top of the local stores and citizens who generously contribute to the needs of those in the Lake Stevens community.
“This food bank has a proven good record and it is a wonderful place where people can donate their love to the community,” Foster said.
The food bank is open for donations every Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. or by calling 425-334-3430. Those seeking volunteer opportunities may also call the food bank directly.
It is open on Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 7 pm. for those in need of assistance.