PSE donates to Everett’s food bank

Dec 20, 2017
Pictured left to right: Phil Smith, Alison Cook, Walt Blackford and Bob McMahon. Blackford presented a $2,000 check to the VOA of Western Washington on behalf of Puget Sound Energy.

A special gift arrived to help hungry families just in time for the holidays.

Puget Sound Energy donated $2,000 to benefit Volunteers of America’s Everett Food Bank this month.

Walt Blackford, PSE outreach manager presented the check at the Dec. 12 board of director’s meeting for Volunteers of America.

Accepting the gift on behalf of Volunteers of America Western Washington (VOAWW) were Bob McMahon, president, board of directors; Phil Smith, president/CEO, and Alison Cook, senior director of hunger prevention.

The gift comes at a time when demand is high and VOAWW is implementing more places and times for families, seniors, and individuals to access food.

In Snohomish County, over the next month, nearly 35,000 people will need to visit a food bank to get enough food for their family. And the holiday season is especially difficult for those who are unable to cover basic needs.

For many, the holidays can seem bleak.

“Gifts like this one from PSE make all the difference,” stated Cook.

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