Submitted by: Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Bellingham is continuing to provide vital social services to the greater Whatcom community. To ensure safe delivery of services to neighbors in need, adjustments are being made to limit personal contact and encourage social distancing.

Food bank hours have been expanded to Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10am to 1pm. For the safety and convenience of guests a drive-through system will be in operation where groceries will be pre-packed and delivered to curbside in their vehicles. Walk-ups are still welcome, maintaining 6ft of social distancing. Additionally, the food bank is now open on Fridays, 10am to noon, for the elderly and those in vulnerable health only.

“We are working diligently to continue serving our community, with attention to safety for our guests, volunteers, and staff,” said Captain Ruairi Ward, director of The Salvation Army in Bellingham. “We know that our community depends on us, and we expect more people will need our services in the future.”

All Whatcom County residents are welcome to the food bank. They may contact The Salvation Army in Bellingham regarding current needs, or to discuss options for anticipated needs.

About The Salvation Army in Bellingham

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 when William Booth decided to take his ministry into the streets of London where it would reach the poor, the homeless, the hungry and the destitute. It is now part of the universal Christian Church, and an international organization meeting human needs in 130 countries around the globe. The Salvation Army continues its tradition in Whatcom County (or Bellingham) by serving more than 19,000 people annually, always meeting human needs without discrimination. Among the services offered in this region are food, shelter, addiction recovery, domestic violence aid, youth programs, and disaster relief.

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