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Loon Lake Food Bank Needs Help This Holiday Season

The Loon Lake Food Bank is looking for some extra donations this holiday season The Loon Lake Food Bank is looking for some extra donations this holiday season
LOON LAKE, Wash. -

The Loon Lake Food Bank says more families need help putting food on the table this holiday season than ever before.

Items like cranberry sauce, stuffing, and dinner rolls are Thanksgiving staples for most of us. However, there are families struggling to put items like those on the table.

"I know a lot of families that are not going to have a turkey," said Loretta Corter, who uses the food bank once a week.

Loretta is a single mom with three kids. For the past four years, the Loon Lake Food Bank is the only thing that has helped her keep food on the table.

"It's a lifesaver," Loretta said. "Without them sometimes even my family can't eat."

With the holidays fast approaching, even the smallest food items are a blessing.

"A loaf of bread makes a difference between having food that day and having nothing," Loretta said.

Looking at the nearly empty shelves in the food bank, it is clear the need this year is huge.

"It's usually a lot fuller," said the Loon Lake Food Bank Resource Officer Gin Waldo. "We had a lot of people in and donations have been down. We haven't been getting in as much bread and sweets as we usually get in."

Even the supply in the back is down to the bare minimum.

"As you can see, it's very, very, very empty," Waldo said.

Empty, because the families who need the help just keep coming.

"We average 350 families a week, this is families not people," Waldo said.

"This the most people we've ever had, it's kind of scary," said the Loon Lake Food Bank Director Sarah Nelson. "It takes a lot of food to feed that many people in a month."

The food bank is already out of holiday items like stuffing and cranberries, but handing out turkeys was never even an option.

"We give people notices starting the 1st of November that there will be no turkeys," Nelson said. "I call it my no turkey notice."

However, no matter what food ends up in the donation boxes, families still plan to celebrate the holiday around the dinner table.

"We're going to have one, but it won't be one like we normally have, but we'll be together," Loretta said.

Earlier this month the food bank's truck broke down. Without it, they were not even able to pick up bread for the families in need. They had no choice but to buy a new truck. However, with the added expense, things are even tighter this year.

If you would like to help, they say they will take anything you can give. Donating money is the best though because the food bank can stretch the dollar much further than the average person can at the grocery store.

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