By Joe Veyera
The Ballard Food Bank (5130 Leary Ave NW) is collecting donations through Friday for those dealing with the devastation of the wildfires in Eastern Washington.
Nancy McKinney, former Ballard Food Bank Executive Director, is now living and working in the Methow Valley, and is coordinating relief efforts there to help those that are facing the loss of their homes and displacement while the wildfires continue.
“She’s spearheading this effort over on the east side, where the wildfires are happening, and we’re doing what we can here,” said Erin MacDonald, Development Associate at the Ballard Food Bank in an email.
Items needed include basic supplies, specifically pots, pans, linens, towels, clothing, paper plates, diapers, batteries, baby food, dog & cat food, and other non-perishables. On Facebook, the Food Bank noted that cash donations are also being accepted. If you wish to donate a gift card, you’re asked to donate Visa ones, as there are limited shopping resources, and it may be some time before debit/credit/ebt cards work at the normal places in the Methow Valley.
Donations will be accepted at the Food Bank between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday, and between 8 a.m. and noon on Friday. Items will be taken to the Methow Valley this weekend.