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Volunteer prepare food donations for distribution at the Miracle Food Network operations center in Ferndale (October 8, 2021). Photo: Whatcom News

Whatcom County services group opens permanent base of operations in Ferndale

FERNDALE, Wash. — In May, Miracle Food Network (MFN) began the process of setting up their first permanent location for their volunteer-based operation that reported receiving and distributing over 550,000 pounds of food throughout Whatcom County in 2020.

MFN says they have been operating out of several temporary spaces since they were incorporated in 2015. So it was big news to the volunteers when it was announced that work was beginning to prepare a nearly 5,000-square-foot former restaurant space, located at 5611 3rd Avenue in Ferndale’s Pioneer Center, to serve as their new base of operations.

Location of Miracle Food Network’s new base of operations

However, the space needed to be remodeled before they could move in so arrangements were made to temporarily rent the nearby American Legion Post 154 facility, located at 5537 2nd Avenue, a facility with twice the space they had previously been working out of.

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While working out of the Legion Post hall, MFN processed 60,628 pounds of food donations in June, 75,291 pounds in July and 137,569 pounds in August.

American Legion Post 154 Adjutant Tom Darling and MFN CEO Doug Robertson are credited with crafting a mutually beneficial rental arrangement that helped avoid a disruption of food distribution to those in need.

MFN has begun operating out of the new base of operations. Food donations are received there and packaged for delivery directly to recipients and to distribution centers located throughout Whatcom County.

MFN is always in need of volunteers and financial donations (click links for more information).

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