People who experience food insecurity are disproportionately affected by diet-sensitive chronic disease such as diabetes and high blood pressure (both which cause Chronic Kidney Disease). Food insecurity is also linked to many other adverse effects to health, including chronic stress which results in a variety of chronic conditions. Food security may be created by lack of money, lack of transportation, or other lack of access to quality food sources.
In order to increase the resiliency of the community and address issues of access to healthy food, Mount Baker Foundation contributed $425,000 to the building of a new Foothills Food Bank through the Opportunity Council. Located in Kendall, WA, the new center provides significant improvements in refrigeration, storage and access to food for East County.
Our $425,000 grant to the Opportunity Council supported the construction of a second building at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center in Kendall. The first real home for the Foothills Food Bank, the new structure also provides for multipurpose space for community engagement.
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