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Marysville Community Food Bank volunteer Don Whitfield pushes a cart of food outside to take it to one of the food bank clients on Dec. 18.

 

The Marysville Community Food Bank held their Christmas Basket distributions on Dec. 18, 21 and 22.

The food bank provides a variety of holiday dinner offerings similar to what it provides on Thanksgiving.

"We've got hams and that's a nice offering," said Dell Deierling, director of the Marysville Community Food Bank. "We've had some in the past but it was more like what we had on hand."

Typically the food bank's biggest days are just before Thanksgiving, although Deierling said the days before Christmas are typically 85 percent of that.

"This year, I'm preparing that it may be on the higher side," he said.

In particular, he didn't know how many families would be staying home this year and that may increase demand.

"We're hedging that we may see the same thing for Christmas as we did for Thanksgiving," he said.

Deierling said the food bank community enjoys providing holiday meals every year.

"It's tradition. Just like the families, we get together to provide this. It's just what we do. I feel that it would leave a hole if we didn't do it anymore,"  he said.

Volunteers said they came out to help out those in need.

"I've been doing it for a couple of years and I love doing this," said volunteer Zita Grey. "I love the people here and just feel like I'm giving back a little bit."

Don Whitfield, who came out with some fellow Marysville Rotary Club members, said he was there because "there's a need," in the community.

Going into next year Deierling said the food bank has been able to keep its stock up so far.

"We have been able to keep up with the demand and we're so thankful for the community," he said.

The biggest cause for concern is the uncertainty around the Boeing layoffs and whether a second federal coronavirus relief bill will happen.

"What gets me is that I don't know where we're headed," said Deierling. "With the latest [pandemic] restrictions that went into effect in November more and more pain is going to be felt from that."

He encourages anyone that could be helped to still stop.

"One of the biggest messages I want to get out, especially for first-time users, is that it's easy to use," said Deierling. "If we can save you money so that you can pay rent or pay for your car or keep your power on, come on in. We're here for that."

Deierling wanted to thank the community for their support.

"It has gotten really creative during this time with how to help the food bank," he said.

The volunteers also deserve a lot of appreciation, he said.

"It doesn’t happen without them … people are coming in here and I don't want to say putting themselves in risk, but in a way they are," he said.

 

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