Preschoolers brave the rain to donate to food bank

Students from Peak Preschool pose at the Food Bank with their donations.

It may have rained on their parade, but the weather never dampened the spirits of the kids from Peak Pre-School in Enumclaw as they marched to the food bank this past week to make a holiday donation.

“We decided we wanted to give back to the community,” said teacher Tami Mattheis.

This was the first year the preschool hosted a food drive and Mattheis said the children were very excited to give back, bringing food in to school every day.

“We had over 140 items donated,” Mattheis said.

Once gathered, the students loaded their wares into three shopping carts borrowed from the QFC and then marched through a steady rain Nov. 21 to deliver their bounty to the Kiwanis Food Bank.

“It’s just wonderful,” said Food Bank Assistant Director Vicki Stratton of the donation.

According to Food Bank Director Lawton Case, the Enumclaw Food Bank served 1,754 people in October.

“Every little bit helps when you’re feeding over 1,000 people a month,” Lawton said.

This year, the Food Bank was able to provide dinners for Thanksgiving thanks to an uptick in donations just before the holiday, including 120 turkeys from Erol Lumber.

But donations are still needed as the winter is beginning to take hold.

“With all the people we never have enough food,” Stratton said.

The Enumclaw Food Bank is located at 1350 Cole St. It is open and food donations are accepted from 9 to 11:45 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Donations of money are also helpful. To donate money, send it to P.O. Box 827, Enumclaw WA, 98022.