Local food bank needs permanent home

SEATTLE -- A local food bank operating out of a trailer on the Henry M. Jackson campus in Mill Creek is looking for a new home, the Everett Herald reported.

The Herald said the food bank, run by the non-profit organization Volunteers of America, has to find a permanent home by August.

The food bank started in November 2011 after a Jackson High student told a school employee in confidence that she was "often hungry," Terry Cheshire, the school's principal, told the Herald. That's when the staff worked to start providing holiday meals to area families.

The school teamed up with local businesses, the city of Mill Creek and members of the Mill Creek Rotary to create the food bank last spring. In November, the Volunteers of America became involved in the project.

The Mill Creek Food Bank currently serves more than 80 families, or about 235 people, a month.

Anyone with information about a possible site for the food bank can contact Barb Athanas at 206-300-4208.