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Fundraising campaign started after Ferndale Food Bank delivery vans taken out by flooding

Ferndale Food Bank building and delivery van (September 17, 2017). Photo:  Whatcom News
Ferndale Food Bank building and delivery van (September 17, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News

FERNDALE, Wash. — The Ferndale Food Bank’s (FFB) 2 cargo vans have been taken out of service after they became partially submerged by flood waters in the FFB parking lot during the recent flooding event and likely will need to be replaced.

The Ferndale Kiwanis have created a fundraising campaign via GoFundMe to help repair or replace 1 or both vans.

Ferndale Kiwanis President Kathy Young said that while the vehicles are insured, the coverage is not expected to cover the cost of replacing the vans.

Ferndale Kiwanis has long partnered with the Food Bank, and we are hoping, with our community behind us, that we can help replace at least one of the vans to ensure our most vulnerable neighbors have access to grocery items.

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The faster we can reach our goal, the faster the loaner vehicles can be returned and the more effectively and efficiently the Food Bank may continue its vital service to our community.

Ferndale Kiwanis President Kathy Young

Timing could not be worse as the number of deliveries picks up dramatically this week and continues through the holidays.

The initial fundraising goal is $50,000, enough to repair or replace a van for the Ferndale Food Bank according to Young.

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