The WAVE (What A Valuable Experience) is a food drive benefiting the four food banks of Eastern Jefferson County. Participating churches will be collecting food and money among their parishioners throughout October. All the collected money will be sent to the Jefferson Food Bank Association and food will be delivered by the churches to the Otto Street Warehouse after the last Sunday in October.
Community donations can be made Saturday October 26 at QFC stores in Port Townsend and Port Hadlock all day and at participating churches (see list) from 10am to 2pm.
The best way to help is by donating money. Money is easy to distribute among the area food banks and the food banks have greater buying power by purchasing food from Food Life Line at three cents a pound, which includes the shipping. Checks can be made out to the Jefferson County Food Bank. Food items are still welcome and often provide more exotic and interesting foods like canned pineapples that the food banks are unable to afford. Canned foods that are past their expiration dates by less than three years can still be donated.
While opened foods cannot be accepted, shampoos, hand lotions, dish soaps and pet foods that have been opened can be donated and are welcome. Such items are placed on a free table once a month and are appreciated.
In 2011 the WAVE food drive collected $18,606.72 and 1,375 pounds of food. This works out to a total of 621,599 pounds of food.