Riverview Community Bank, White Salmon Marketplace by Thriftway and The Enterprise are partnering to make an impact on hunger in Klickitat County.
The three businesses are participating in the Fill-A-Bag Program. This is the third year of the program in the White Salmon area.
During last year's campaign, 4,835 pounds of food was collected for the Washington Gorge Action Program Food Bank. Another $3,160 cash donations were made and Riverview matched the food collections with a cash donation of nearly $1,740.
"The need is as great as ever' said Riverview Manger Dale Connell. "The number of needy remains high."
In fact, according to WGAP executive director Linda Schneider, families that depend on food boxes will have less to eat over the holidays without additional help from the community.
WGAP's main sources of food donations in the past has been USDA Commodities, Second Harvest, and Northwest Harvest, all of which have cut the amount and/or variety of food available to the local food banks.
The number of families receiving assistance from the food banks has also increased -- by seven percent over the last nine months.
To participate in the Fill-A-Bag program, participants just need to fill up a bag with nonperishable grocery items, take the bag to the White Salmon Riverview Bank or the Thriftway store. Cash donations need to be made through bank tellers.
Bags were inserted into The Enterprise newspaper on Nov. 22. Additional bags are also available at The Enterprise, Riverview and Thriftway.
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.
The program's emphasis is through Dec. 14, but donations will be accepted through Christmas and beyond.