Founders Peggy Kennedy (photographed at right) and Gretchen Dixon started the Edmonds Foodbank in the closet of the United Methodist Church with no refrigerator or freezer space. As time went on, they moved from the closet to a bathroom, then a classroom and finally ended up downstairs in the current location.
In the beginning, they served 20 people per week. Today the food bank serves 400 families each week and distributes 47,000 meals each month equating to 170,000 pounds of food.
Once the Edmonds Food Bank became certified from Volunteers of America Western Washington, they could begin collecting excess food from area grocery stores. Today volunteer drivers pick up donations from Top Foods, Safeway, Costco, QFC, Petosa’s, Fred Meyer, Central Market and Trader Joe’s and others.
“In our wildest dreams, we never thought we’d still be needed,” Peggy Kennedy said. “We keep trying to work ourselves out of business.”