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Kingston Food Bank has a new home
KINGSTON — The Kingston Food Bank has a new home.
The food bank moved on Nov. 25 to 26102 Illinois Ave., a two-story house next to the Sheriff’s Department — in time to prepare and distribute 60 Thanksgiving dinner boxes.
The move was made possible by a grant from the Pam Foster and Liz Austin Fund, a donor-advised fund managed by the Seattle Foundation.
Bill Fulton, husband of food bank director Barb Fulton, said the new location is roomy — he couldn’t say how many square feet the house is, but said “there’s plenty of room.” Another family member said the site is bigger than the food bank’s original location.
Barb Fulton said in an earlier interview that the grant is “an answer to our prayers,” and it’s the largest gift ever made to the food bank. Foster and Austin hope the grant spurs other giving that can permanently end the food bank’s odyssey.
The organization had to move out of its longtime home in December after the county determined the building — which is owned by the county — did not meet codes. The food bank was given a place to stay until April by Windermere Real Estate, then moved into Fulton’s 22-foot motor home and went mobile. Earlier in October, Fulton moved the food bank into her husband’s small-engine repair shop at 29630 Rash Road, off Parcells Road. But that location is 1.7 miles north of Highway 104 and 3 miles from downtown.
“It’s farther out of downtown than we had hoped,” Fulton said Sept. 24 of the Rash Road location.
The food bank, founded by Fulton’s parents in 1952, meets the needs of approximately 50 families a week. The food bank also provides school supplies to local students in September, and has a clothing for people in need.
Kingston Food Bank clients live closer to the downtown core and are mostly older, homeless or pedestrian. “Ninety percent of our clients walk,” Bill Fulton said. In contrast, ShareNet serves a larger area — Kingston, Eglon, Hansville, Indianola, Little Boston, Port Gamble, and some border addresses in Poulsbo and Suquamish.
Kingston Food Bank supporters include The Pizza Factory, which donates ice; The Grub Hut, which donates fruits and vegetables; and The Borrowed Kitchen, which donates bread.
The food bank’s hours are noon to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The phone numbers are 360-297-4861 and 360-297-7100.