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Those We Serve
Maple Valley Food Bank and Emergency Services addresses the most basic needs of food and shelter. In 2015-2016 we helped in the following ways:
- Food was provided twice per month to households who found themselves in need
- 4,950 unduplicated individuals received food services
- 40% of those we served were children
- 13% were senior citizens
- 51,013 individual food service visits
- 1,011,286 pounds of food was distributed
- $150,913 was spent on food purchases
- $78,000 was spent in direct aid for utility disconnects, eviction notices, move-in costs, prescription/medical expenses, bus passes and propane vouchers, and in support of holiday and school supply backpack programs
- Financial emergency services were provided to 2,443 individuals in 748 local families
The long-term goals of our agency are to increase client ability to meet other financial obligations, significantly reduce the likelihood of homelessness, help families stay together through difficult times, improve nutrition and reduce hunger.
Maple Valley Food Bank and Emergency Services (originally incorporated as the Tahoma Coordinating Council) has been a United Way agency for over 60 years. In the agency's early years, the food bank operated out of a variety of different locations ranging from homes to churches.
In 1985, the food bank moved to the newly built Maple Valley Community Center. In 1992, due to program expansion of the community center, we moved to a new location. At that time we purchased the historic Maple Valley Community Club. Built in 1933, this building is the oldest community structure in Maple Valley.
In 2005, with the help of a King County Block Grant and grants from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing Community Fund, Seattle Foundation, PACCAR Foundation, Medina Foundation, the city of Maple Valley, Maple Valley Rotary and Rotary District 5030, as well as numerous donations from local residents, we built a new food bank warehouse and office adjoining our existing building. This expansion added an additional 3,300 square feet for food banking and emergency services programs.
Our agency is well established within the community. We have local support from churches, businesses, schools and individuals, as well as from the cities of Maple Valley and Covington. In addition to United Way, we receive funding from King County, EFSP, EFAP and ESAP.
Board of Directors
- Linda Holecek, President
- Coral Rogan, Vice President
- Lori Guilfoyle, Secretary
- Brenda Habenicht, Treasurer
Executive Board of Directors
- Bruce Amer, Retired Btn. Chief, Seattle Fire Department
- Marilyn Amer, Retired Tahoma School District
- Dana Grimm, Volunteer Coordinator, Business Owner
- Lori Guilfoyle, United Way of King County, Impact Manager
- Brenda Habenicht, Owner, Java! Java! Coffee Co.
- Linda Holecek, Open Space Acquisitions Supervisor, King County
- Antonia Kerney, Retired Corporate Senior Activity Manager
- Coral Rogan, Hair Stylist