Update for March 23: gratitude, meals and Bellingham Food Bank

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear students, staff, families and community,

Gratitude is the word of the day. We saw lots of expressions of gratitude and big smiles outside of our schools around Bellingham during our first day of providing drive-thru meals. I am so thankful for our food services staff, principals, volunteers and for the support of the Bellingham Public Schools Foundation to bring this effort to the scale needed. As The Bellingham Promise says, “together we achieve more than alone.”

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Photo: A Birchwood Elementary School student picks up her lunch at Shuksan Middle School on Monday, March 23. See more photos of lunch drive-thru today here.

As I said in a previous message, this is very different from our typical snow day meals, and our staff and families did an outstanding job adhering to physical distancing and other safety protocols. We’ll be doing the same tomorrow and we hope this service can continue into the future. To see a full list of times and locations, please go here.

Bellingham Food Bank

We also wanted to share some information about the Bellingham Food Bank and its new plan to offer drive-up food distribution.

Folks may visit once per week and may choose among all locations which they visit. They will join a car queue and when it’s their turn, volunteers will load a pre-packed food box into their trunk or car without requiring person to person contact. There will be a walk-up option as well. Each car may pick up for up to two families.

Dates, Times and Locations

1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 at Shuksan Middle School

3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Christ the King Church on Meridian

1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26 at Waypoint Park Parking Lot, 1100 Granary Ave

Please check the Food Bank’s website for information about plans in the coming weeks and how to support them with financial donations (no food donations are being collected at this time).

And finally, in the midst of these unusual times, if and when possible, please try to support each other and yourself. Whether it’s self-care, basic essentials, emotional support, offering encouragement or even humor.

Here are two memes I was sent over the weekend with those themes in mind.

First, humor!

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Second, giving encouragement.

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Thanks again to everyone who helped with meals today and everyone who came out to receive one.

We will get through these trying times together!

Greg Baker