PACIFIC COUNTY — Food bank donations are critical to the food banks. Different area merchants and groups hold food drives throughout the year, especially around this time of year with the holidays coming up very quick.

With the upcoming season think about “holiday foods” when donating now through December. Staples such as flour, sugar, shortening, spices and side dish items help make the holiday meals complete.

Also this holiday season think about the food banks and be on the lookout for different food and can drives that help support our food banks.

The Ocean Park Food Bank is looking for protein items, such as canned meats and tuna, peanut butter, etc., as well as pasta and cooking staples like flour, sugar, salt and pepper, etc. They would like to thank the community for always being so generous. “We wouldn’t be able to serve those in need without their help.”

The St. Vincent de Paul food bank is short on funds to purchase protein products. They buy from Northwest Harvest’s smart buys’ program where they pass on their bulk-buying power to smaller food banks like ours. All donations are used to keep the food bank operating; all staff are volunteers.

The Chinook Food Bank is located at 810 State Route 101 in Chinook. They are open on the first and third Thursday of every month and go from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. They are in need of boxed and canned meals. They are always open for a cash donation to be able to buy protein items, as well.

Ocean Park Food Bank: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

St. Vincent de Paul Ilwaco: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. second and fourth Fridays of every month

Chinook Food Bank: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. first and third Thursdays of every month

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