Letter: After theft of food bank truck, the beauty of community

Sultan Food Bank

After theft, beauty of community

On June 22, the Volunteers of America Sultan Food Bank was left scrambling after the theft of the food bank box truck caused a great hardship. The truck was used to pick up grocery rescue items from around the county to be distributed to hungry families in Sultan, Startup, Gold Bar, Index, and immediate surrounding unincorporated areas. While this incident was devastating to the food bank, the community response was an overwhelming display of generosity, partnership and humanity.

I must take a moment to thank the community at large, made up of caring individuals, who were immediate and selfless in offering to drive personal vehicles to keep inventory coming into the food bank. The outpouring of support made me remember why I am proud to be a resident of the Sky Valley.

In addition, four major players helped restore normal food bank operations within a matter of days: Neil Watkins at the Sky Valley Food Bank, Johansen Mechanical, Grocery Outlet of Monroe and Avery Automotive. During our greatest time of need, these four key players brought immediate, permanent long-term solutions to the VOA Sultan Food Bank. They truly recognize the importance of bringing together resources to create strong communities by doing what they can; with a collective impact that has a strong and lasting effect.

Please join me in expressing my sincerest gratitude to these four entities whenever possible. I invite you to patronize anyone of these entities if you ever have the opportunity to do so. The community support of local business will allow them to continue to give back when urgent needs arise. Doing what was right took a much greater priority than doing what earned a dollar for each of these four community partners. A community is not always defined by where you live. In this example, we are a community who cares about feeding individuals, families and children.

Calei Vaughn, Director

Volunteers of America Western Washington

Sky Valley Integrated Service Center

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