The Marysville Community Food Bank hosted their busiest days of the year as they handed out Thanksgiving dinners on Nov. 16, 19 and 20.

“Today we’re giving out our Thanksgiving food which includes a turkey and all the trimmings that would go with a Thanksgiving meal,” said Dell Deierling, director of the Marysville Community Food Bank.

The turkeys and Thanksgiving food is meant to help families and community members over the holidays, which can be expensive.

“When it comes to the holidays in general, people still have a limited amount of resources and if they want to do anything special that money is going to come from something else, whether it’s putting gas in your car or paying rent,” said Deierling.

“By offering this service we are freeing up resources for other basic needs,” he said.

Deierling said that he hopes that anybody that needs help comes down to the food bank and that during this time of the year they get a variety of individuals coming in.

“We have people that have come throughout the year and we have people that this is the only time they come in and just need that extra boost for the holidays,” he said.

Local Katherine Taber said she was appreciative of the help the food bank provides.

“I think it’s really good. I’m very grateful and without this I wouldn’t be able to have very much,” she said.

Last year the food bank served 248 families, and 276 families the year before that, said Deierling.

It is typically the busiest days for the food bank, he said.

That usually requires a lot of volunteers coming out to help the food bank.

Community member Jim Brennick came down with other members of the local Rotary Club.

“It’s a great process to help those that need help this time of year,” he said. “I like just being able to hand out food and they all got smiles."

Other volunteers like Bailee Forsman were new to helping out the food bank.

“This is my first day but I really like the interaction and getting to know the people,” she said.

For the last few years the Marysville food bank has made a commitment to provide a turkey to anyone who  wants one.

“We’ve had some people say that it’s been so long for them and they don’t remember the last time they had a turkey,” said Deierling.

He said that the food bank is able to provide the turkeys thanks to funding from the Tulalip Tribes.

Deierling also thanked the Snohomish County-Camano Association of Realtors food drive which helped stock the shelves for Thanksgiving and beyond.

“We get good support from the community to make it all happen,” he said.

The Marysville Community Food Bank will be providing holiday dinners again around Christmas-time, said Deierling.

More information about the local food bank is available at www.marysvillefoodbank.org.

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