Despite icy weather, Bellingham food bank has record crowd

BELLINGHAM — Despite bitterly cold weather and icy roads, a record number of hungry people turned to Bellingham Food Bank for help on Monday, Nov. 22.

"No one came yesterday who really didn't need that food. I just can't imagine who would be outside in that weather if they didn't have a profound need," said Mike Cohen, executive director for the food bank.

"They had to wait outside because the line was so long before they could get inside," he added.

Bellingham Food Bank distributed food for 932 clients, according to Cohen, the most ever for one distribution.

That doesn't mean 932 people walked through the food bank's doors on Monday. It means people from 280 households came and collected food for the number of people in their families who were in need.

The previous record high was food distributed for 728 people on Oct. 29.

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