An anonymous local businessman in Washington recently donated $800,000 to the Auburn Food Bank. This generous contribution will fully fund the relocation of the food bank to a new, larger facility.
The new location, formerly the Sports Page Tavern, offers significantly more space, addressing a long-standing need for expansion. For years, the food bank has operated from a small space in the Burndale Housing Complex, limiting its ability to grow with the community’s needs. This move will enable the food bank to accept larger donations and serve a greater number of people.
Debbie Christian, the executive director of the Auburn Food Bank, expressed immense gratitude for this unexpected support. “I am going to be able to pay my debt, and I am going to be able to shake the hand of the contractor, and say thank you very much for your wonderful work,” she shared. Christian described the donation as akin to a “Christmas miracle at Thanksgiving.”
During a challenging economic period marked by inflation and heightened demand for food assistance, this donation came as a beacon of hope. Christian recalled the donor’s journey to his decision, emphasizing his faith as a guiding force. “He is a man of faith,” she said. The businessman took time to pray and seek God’s guidance before deciding to make this significant contribution.
The food bank’s relocation has been a topic of discussion for over two decades. With this donation, a long-held dream is turning into a reality, allowing the food bank to enhance its operations significantly.
Christian also highlighted the current challenges faced by the food bank, including a decrease in donation streams and the need to adapt their offerings for the holiday season. Despite these difficulties, the food bank continues its mission, evidenced by a recent record-setting day of serving 180 families.
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” Hebrews 13:16