April 7, 2020

Lt. Claudia Murphy, PIO
Whatcom Unified Command – Joint Information Center
(360) 815-2701

Whatcom Unified Command organizes food bank deliveries for homebound high-risk individuals and families

Food bank home delivery is now available for individuals and families who can not afford to purchase food, and are unable to access food bank pick up sites. This program is a partnership between Whatcom Unified Command, the Opportunity Council and The Volunteer Center of Whatcom County.

To qualify, individuals and households must be unable to access food bank pick up sites due to a lack of transportation or be in a high-risk category. Based upon Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, high-risk categories include:

  • People aged 65 or older.
  • People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility.
  • People who are pregnant should be monitored as they can be at increased risk for severe viral illness.
  • People with high-risk conditions, such as:
    • Chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
    • Serious heart conditions.
    • Any age group with severe obesity (body mass index >40), or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease.
    • Weakened immune system due to a variety of conditions including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.

To apply for the food bank home delivery program, complete the food bank home delivery online form or call (360) 255-0465. Online requests must be completed by 12:00 pm (noon) on Wednesday in order to be processed in time for a Friday delivery. Requests made after noon on Wednesday will be delivered on Friday of the following week

Additional food bank resources are available on the Whatcom Asset Building Coalition Website.

Families and individuals do not have equal access to food resources in our community. This puts some people at higher risk of getting sick. This program aims to support individuals and families who need it during this time. This program is not intended to replace grocery store purchases for those who can afford to buy groceries. Individuals and families who are able to purchase groceries but are concerned about visiting grocery stores in person due to high health risks are encouraged to contact local grocery stores to ask about delivery or pick up options, or check in with friends, families or other neighbors about how to get support.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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