The Mt. Food Bank announced on Facebook today, January 23, 2014, that it has been asked to leave its 122 E. 3rd Street location in North Bend, where it operates out of a modified garage and storage area formerly belonging to the North Bend Community Church.
Longtime North Bend resident Liz Schomber said the food bank has been operating out of the location for nearly 40 years. In 2008 it expanded from 950 feet to 1,400 feet to meet local demand.
The Mt. Si Food Bank will be moving out of its current spot on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. All volunteer participation at the East 3rd Street location has been canceled.
From today’s Facebook announcement: “Those of us who are deeply connected with the Mt Si Food Bank want all of our volunteers to know how important you have been and will be to us in the near future. We will be contacting you when we have secured our location, dates and times.”
New Food Bank Taking Over Spot?
But it sounds like the Snoqualmie Valley won’t be without a food bank for long. According to an email from founders of the newly formed Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank, they will open in Mt Si Food Bank’s location in February.
In November, when it became known that the Mt. Si Food Bank lost its tax exempt 501(3)(c) status, Board Members, the Executive Director and the Operations Manager all resigned.
According to the email, the resignations were due to concern that the current management of the Mt Si Food Bank “would not be able to secure and sustain the ability to feed those in need.” The IRS website does not have the Mt. Si Food Bank listed as a local organization eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions.
That team of former directors and volunteers came together and formed the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank. They will continue helping those in need at the North Bend Community Church location, and hope to perform their first food distribution on February 5th.
The Mt. Si Food Bank began in 1975 and it’s estimated currently serves about 1,200 people and families in need in the Valley. Each Wednesday, the Mt Si Food Bank opened its doors, serving a hot meal and providing groceries to those in need.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available. The Mt Si Food Bank has been contacted regarding a possible new location and timeframe for re-opening its doors.