Submitted by: Bellingham Food Bank

For over a decade, the Bellingham Bay Rotary Club has led the charge in buying a turkey for every family who visits Bellingham Food Bank during the week leading up to Thanksgiving. This year that meant 2,000 turkeys!

“Winter holidays revolve around a culture of sharing food and bounty” says Executive Director Mike Cohen. “The Bellingham club shows concern for families having a happy Thanksgiving celebration, and we appreciate the help. We simply wouldn’t offer a turkey per family without them.”

The man behind the Rotary’s campaign is RAM Construction’s CEO, Mike Hammes. Reducing hunger is one of many passion areas for Mike among children’s cancer research, scholarships, and clean water. It takes many Rotarians to raise funds for the big turkey purchase, so Mike personally reminds club members and challenges them to exceed their goal every year. 

Over 7,000 people had groceries from Bellingham Food Bank the week before Thanksgiving. In addition to their turkey, families had access to breads, milk, eggs, lots of fresh produce, shelf-stable goods, baby items, toilet paper and menstrual support products. Bellingham Food Bank send thanks to the many community members whose support stocks the shelves in Winter and beyond!

Bellingham Food Bank has been feeding our community since 1972. Currently, 1 in 5 Bellingham households uses the food bank on a regular basis, and every month, the food bank responds to more than 18,000 visits. For more information, visit

Distribution Hours & Locations

Bellingham Food Bank
1824 Ellis Street
Mondays & Fridays 11 am-3 pm
Wednesdays 1-6 pm

Christ the King 
Community Church
4173 Meridian Street
Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 pm

Alderwood Elementary School
3400 Hollywood Avenue
Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm

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