Food Box Distribution event provides area families a boost


Volunteers with The Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints gathered at the parking lot of Vancouver Mall Friday

VANCOUVER — Volunteers with The Salvation Army, in partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, offered assistance to area residents Friday morning.

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints helped load vehicles with food boxes Friday at Vancouver Mall. Photo by Mike Schultz
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints helped load vehicles with food boxes Friday at Vancouver Mall. Photo by Mike Schultz

The groups gathered at the parking lot of Vancouver Mall for a Food Box Distribution event. Clark County area residents and families lined up to receive food boxes filled with a number of food items and a $20 Safeway/Albertsons gift card.

The groups put together over 5,000 food boxes that were distributed all over Washington state, according to Lt. Col. Bill Dickinson, Divisional Commander Northwest Division of Salvation Army.

Area residents were able to receive a food box as well as a $20 Safeway/Albertsons gift card. Photo by Mike Schultz
Area residents were able to receive a food box as well as a $20 Safeway/Albertsons gift card. Photo by Mike Schultz

“Today, is our last two events,’’ Dickinson told Clark County Today. “One is here in Vancouver and the other is in Centralia, Washington. We partnered with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the food, that’s where we got the product.’’

Dickinson praised the many volunteers from both The Salvation Army and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who participated in Friday’s event at Vancouver Mall.

“Everyone has come together today to give a little hope and to give a little cheer and food, some much needed food to people who are without,’’ he said.

Volunteers at Friday’s Food Box Distribution event displayed this theme on their T-shirts. Photo by Mike Schultz
Volunteers at Friday’s Food Box Distribution event displayed this theme on their T-shirts. Photo by Mike Schultz
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Ken Vance got his start in the newspaper industry in 1987 as a reporter at The Columbian Newspaper in Vancouver. Vance graduated from Stevenson High School in Stevenson, WA, and attended Clark College in Vancouver. He worked for The Columbian from 1987-2001. He was most recently a staff member of The Reflector Newspaper in Battle Ground, where he served as editor since 2010 and reporter since 2007. Vance’s work in the newspaper industry has won him multiple awards, including a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for in-depth reporting.

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