What is the Skagit Food Distribution Center?

The Skagit Food Distribution Center, a partnership between Skagit County and Community Action, was established in 2006 as our county’s first ever centralized Food Bank Distribution Center.

The facility allows the county’s food banks and hot meal programs to effectively work as partners, streamlining services, saving time and money – and it promises to yield more food for our county’s hungriest families.

Why is it needed? Simply put, we’ve been missing out on millions of pounds of food per year! The lack of a centralized facility meant individual food banks were on their own to collect, transport and store food. The centralized facility fosters cooperation and also makes it easier for those interested in doing food drives or otherwise supporting anti-hunger work to benefit all food banks. The Distribution Center is also successful in increasing the amount of high quality local produce reaching food banks through relationships developed with local growers. These foods are welcomed options to families who in the past have had limited access to fresh food products.

Hunger and malnutrition are serious problems in our community

20% of all Skagit households rely on area food banks. Yet, 23% of our low-income citizens report going hungry from lack of food and 48% said that someone in their household had skipped meals in the past 12 months because there was not enough money for food. A disjointed food system only exacerbates this problem.

Beside central food bank storage and distribution, how else is this facility used?

  • As a central location to hold food and fund drives.
  • As a gathering point for anti hunger coalitions, linking food banks and school districts, hospitals, nutrition programs, gleaners, farmers and others interested in ending hunger.
  • To help support local agriculture. Our Field to Family program utilizes the Distribution Center for centralized storage and transportation to bring fresh, locally grown produce to food banks, meal programs, and other anti hunger initiatives.
  • As a coordination hub for the Mobile Food program, delivering weekly food boxes to homebound seniors and disabled community members.

 

Skagit Food Distribution Center
Physical address:220 Michael Street, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284
Mailing address: 330 Pacific Place, MV 98273
Phone: (360) 416-7585
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