What do you do when things close and you have an unexpected overabundance of fresh food?
One word: DONATE.
With Snoqualmie Tribal Campus limited to just essential employees and the closure of the Snoqualmie Casino, last week a joint team moved quickly to sort, package and deliver over two thousand pounds of fresh produce and dairy from the casino’s five dining venues to community organizations and nonprofits.
The organizations that received the donations include:
- Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank
- Chief Seattle Club
- Union Gospel Mission
- LightHouse StoreHouse
“We are so grateful to community members like the Snoqualmie Tribe and Snoqualmie Casino who are always mindful of the needs of our neighbors,” said Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank Executive Director Nikki Lloyd. “This health crisis has created a true financial emergency for many families.’”
Lloyd said each week the number of families the food bank is serving is growing, which has created an immediate need for increased donations.
“In the middle of this unprecedented health crisis we must all work together to see to the needs of the people in our communities,” said Snoqualmie Tribal Chairman Robert de los Angeles. “While we are doing everything possible to help our Tribal members and employees, we are also aware of the needs of the greater community and want to help where we can.”
Further food donations are planned as the Tribe is working to source 4,000 frozen meals for Snoqualmie Valley organizations that provide support to local families in need over the next several weeks.
In addition to food donations, the Snoqualmie Tribe and Casino also consolidated medical supplies at each of their respective locations for delivery to Swedish Hospital in Issaquah and the Snoqualmie Police Department, with over 5,000 masks, 1,000 pairs of gloves and 500 containers of disinfectant wipes donated.