Whatcom County food drive raises more than 300,000 pounds

A new record was set at the annual Feed the Need Community Food Drive.

The event gathered 315,493 pounds of food for area food banks this year, topping the previous record in 2012 of 312,000, said Kim Sutton, food drive coordinator.

Organized by Industrial Credit Union, Haggen Inc. and the Cascade Radio Group, the food drive had different events throughout the year. The main portion of the food drive was held Oct. 13-17. Thousands of contributions were made, including from businesses and communities that organized their own food drives. Coldwell Banker Bain made donations totaling more than 15,000 pounds of food, while the Meridian School District families, employees and businesses brought in more than 13,000 pounds.

“Feed the Need is the largest food drive in our area and supports food banks across Whatcom County at a time when they are desperately short of food and funding,” said Mike Cohen, executive director for the Bellingham Food Bank, in a news release.