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Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON The Coastal Community Bank in Marysville.

The Marysville branch of Coastal Community Bank will collect cash donations to support the Marysville Community Food Bank over the next month.

The donations will support the food bank's "Food for Thought" program, which provides local kids with food for the weekend when school lunches are not available.

The local branch at 319 State Ave., Marysville, will be collecting from Nov. 15 until Dec. 15.

Coastal Community Bank will also match up to $1,000 in donations.

They are also participating in the All City Food Drive, so nonperishable food items can also be left inside the branch.

"This started as an idea when the Marysville [Community] Food Bank brought over their red barrels," said Marysville branch manager Erin Reynolds.

She said that the branch staff wanted to do something extra and wanted to collect donations.

"We are just encouraging customers to make donations," she said.

They were able to secure $1,000 in matching funds offered by Coastal Community Bank to support the program.

Reynolds said that donation collection is a way for the local staff to give back to the community.

"It is the time of the year where the demand for the food bank is high and it was important for us to give back," she said.

The local staff learned of the Food for Thought backpack program that the Marysville Community Food Bank runs and decided that's what they wanted to support.

The program provides breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack items in a backpack for Marysville School District and Lakewood School District students.

Around 50 percent of the Marysville School District students receive free or reduced cost meals at their school.

The food bank hopes to serve more than 400 students in the 2016-17 school year with the program.

Quite a few kids need help with their meals when they aren't at school, said Reynolds.

"When you're thinking about a child on the weekend going through these issues, that makes it especially heartbreaking," said Reynolds.

"And so we felt that this was a specific place that we could make a real impact," she said.

This is a new effort from the local Coastal Community Bank.

"We have partnered in the collection of nonperishable food items before, but this is new for us," said Reynolds.

She said it is going well so far, with about $500 being collected in the first couple of days.

"It's really well-received, most of the people have been excited to give to a program like this that is helping the kids," said Reynolds.

"We're excited to be helping the community," she added.

More information about the Marysville Community Food Bank is available at http://www.marysvillefoodbank.org.

 

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