For many, having food on the table is expected. For others, a meal is not a guarantee. For this reason, owners Chris Millsap and Nick Bowler and their team at RE/MAX Advantage Lake Chelan have chosen to donate portions of their sales commissions to the Lake Chelan Food Bank each year.
“RE/MAX is a very donating organization, and we wanted to continue that on a local level,” Millsap explained. “We feel like we are very fortunate to have food on our table, and it was a great opportunity to help those less fortunate.”
On April 1, 2017, the Lake Chelan Food Bank (LCFB) and local RE/MAX brokers and staff celebrated their second year of the giving partnership at LCFB Vice President Linda Van Lunsen’s home in Chelan.
“This was the second annual event with RE/MAX. Of the closings they do, they give a dollar amount that supports the food bank. We love getting together with their office,” Van Lunsen stated.
While Millsap was hesitant to state the full amount of annual donations provided to the food bank, Van Lunsen estimated that the 2016 total exceeded $8,500 not including additional funds donated throughout the year.
“Without that type of support, I don’t know if we could do what we do. We rely on not just monetary donations but food donations, and for the past six to eight months, we have been adding Saturday distributions serving 80-90 people,” Van Lunsen said. She added that as people are terminated from the orchards in the winter months the numbers that they serve climb even higher.
The LCFB aims to provide groceries to those in need in a manner which treats each person with dignity and respect and allows individuals to choose food that helps meet their specific needs. The organization also provides supplemental food supplies to residents facing temporary set-backs such as unemployment, loss of property, or an acute health crisis.
Each Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., the Lake Chelan Food Bank welcomes any person to come pick up a box of food. People select the food that they want by selecting from a variety of food items which includes meats, produce, canned food and prepared food item such as baked goods.
To donate, volunteer or take advantage of the services offered by the Lake Chelan Food Bank call (509) 433-7776 or visit the Lake Chelan Food Bank website for details.
(By Jillian Foster)