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The Selah Food Bank Prepares For Busy Winter Season

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SELAH, WA.- The holidays are here and while many of us are preparing to visit family or host a holiday dinner, many people aren't as fortunate. We spent the morning at the Selah Food Bank and while they're open year round, they tell us this time of the year is especially important.

The Selah Food Bank doesn't see the largest number of families come through their doors, they average between 20 and 30 families on days that they're open, but to those that work there the numbers don't matter.

"It's very important, there are a lot of people out there hurting for food, so we're here to help them," Selah Food Bank Director, William White, told us.


They don't just see the same faces each week, they have new people filter in and out especially over the holidays.  

"People with young families, elderly, families living together, people with all types of situations come here," volunteer, David Ripperger, said.


However, David says the majority that do stop in are elderly people who live on their own, "Unfortunately we do see a lot of elderly people, it kind of breaks your heart, but it is nice to be able to help."


The Selah Food Bank, along with others across the Yakima Valley, rely heavily on donations from the community and for people in Selah it's something they've grown accustomed to supporting.  


"We got a 1000 pounds from the John Campbell school, the kids brought in a lot of food for us, so we have a lot of food drives that bring in food and it helps sustain us for most of the year," White said.


Still, they're always looking for donations, they say any amount will help a family in need.


"They'd most likely go hungry without food banks, it certainly has added a lot of joy to a lot of families," David said.

If you'd like to donate this winter follow this link, for a list of food banks in the Yakima Valley.