In this technology-driven society, it’s hard to believe that the volunteers who operate the food bank have been manually tracking their monthly donations to 525 area families. According to Executive Director Cherie Meier, that’s exactly what their process had been for many years. The four new computers they purchased with the money from the Fred Meyer Fund now allow the non-profit group to track this information using database software, which reduces duplication and the chance of errors.
Since its founding in 1982, the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank (officially Issaquah Valley Community Services) has worked to supply food, clothing and other services to local people who find they can no longer provide for themselves. They give supplementary meals, toiletries, diapers and other essentials to residents in Issaquah and 11 other nearby communities. Their mission is to provide these services while helping people “remain self-sufficient in their community and maintain a sense of individual worth and dignity.”
The food bank’s mission fits well with the goals of the Fred Meyer Fund, a community program sponsored by the Kroeger-owned retail chain that focuses on enhancing the lives of youth and reducing hunger. Money for the fund comes from customer donations at checkstand boxes, employee payroll deductions, and an annual contribution from the Kroeger Co. Foundation. Since 1997, the fund has awarded $9 million in grants to non-profit organizations throughout the four Western states where they do business – Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho.