• Bonney Lake food bank in dire need of funds

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff


    BONNEY LAKE, Wash. - A Pierce County food bank that serves thousands of people every month said it may have to shut down unless it gets help from the community.

    The nonprofit told KIRO 7 it has plenty of food but needs additional donations to cover operating expenses.

    Bonney Lake Food Bank Executive Director Stew Bowen took KIRO 7 inside the building off Veterans Memorial Drive, where space is tight.

    He said monetary donations have dropped quite a bit in the last year or so.

    That's left the food bank, which Bowen said serves around 1,000 families and hundreds of school children every month, in dire need of funds.

    Bowen said he's never seen the food bank in this position. It only has about six months of money left in the bank.

    “Two years ago, we had $7,000 to $7,500 a month coming in, and the last time we checked, we're averaging about $1,400 a month,” said Bowen.

    When asked why, Bowen said he thought part of the reason was the IRS changed their codes and people aren't donating.

    The food bank said if donations don’t start flowing in, it may not be around much longer.

    That would leave a void in the community for the people who depend on it.

    Donations can be made online at BonneyLakeFoodBank.org.

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