Food Bank Receives Town Utility Donations
Town of Friday Harbor to Double Regular Match
By Town of Friday Harbor
All donations made in November to the Town of Friday Harbor’s Life Ring utility assistance fund will be forwarded to the Friday Harbor Food Bank.
The town will match community donations up to a total of $2,000. This is twice the match offered in past years.
Utility customers can donate by marking the Harbor Life Ring line item on their bills that are going out on Nov. 1st.
Now in its eighth year, the annual November contribution from supporters of the Harbor Life Ring program helps the food bank provide for island families during the holiday season when the need threatens to outweigh the supply.
“The need is already higher than normal and growing,” said Mayor Farhad Ghatan. “The town has doubled the amount of matching funds as the exhaustion of unemployment benefits and COVID-related stimulus assistance is putting a tremendous strain on our local food bank.”
Last year, the food bank received $5,244 from this annual campaign, including $1,000 in town matching funds.
Food Bank president and former San Juan County Sheriff Bill Cumming says this significantly improved their ability to offer fresh vegetables and protein. He says they are funded entirely through donations and spend over $7,000 each month to serve almost 500 households on the island.
The Harbor Life Ring program was established in 2013 to assist families in need of financial relief on their town utility bills. The program is funded through donations that town customers add to their monthly bill payments.