Riverview Community Bank, White Salmon Thriftway and The Enterprise are once again partnering to make an impact on hunger in western Klickitat County.
The three businesses are participating in the Fill-A-Bag Program. The program was first piloted in the Gorge by the Stevenson branch of Riverview Community Bank in 2005.
During last year's campaign, 1,369 pounds of food was collected by the White Salmon businesses for the Washington Gorge Action Programs. Food and cash donations, including Riverview's match, combined for $2,976.
"The need is as great as ever," said Riverview's White Salmon Branch Manager Dale Connell. "The number of needy remains high."
Connell reminds residents that the program is very straightforward. Participants just need to fill up a bag with nonperishable grocery items, take the bag to the local Riverview branch or to the Thriftway store, and drop it in a barrel. Cash donations need to be made through bank tellers.
Bags are being inserted into this week's Enterprise and are also available at merchants in Bingen and White Salmon.
Food items needed include baby food/formula, canned meats, canned stew, canned tuna, canned vegetables, peanut butter, instant potatoes, macaroni, oatmeal, pancake mix, rice, soup and unsweetened cereal.
Although the program's emphasis is now through Dec. 16, Riverview will continue to accept donations through Christmas and beyond. Donations made through Dec. 16, however, will be matched by Riverview Community Bank.
Anyone with question can contact Connell at Riverview, 493-3449.