Guests who attend opening day of the Washington State Fair on Friday can get in for free from 9 a.m. to noon when they bring a non-perishable food or cash donation for the Puyallup Food Bank.
“It will be hard to beat last year’s 200,000 pounds of food, but we are going to try to match it this year,” said Karen LaFlamme, a spokesperson for the fair.
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Shanna Peterson, Puyallup Food Bank operations director, said they are grateful for the annual donations.
“This is something we look forward to every year,” she said.
Volunteers will accept donations at all fair gates. Peterson said cash donations go much farther than food because it allows the food bank to buy what it needs.
“If you don’t want to carry that heavy bag, a cash donation is a good choice,” she said.
The fair food drive is the food bank’s largest event of the year, Peterson said.
“This doesn’t just benefit us,” she said. “We share the donations with other food banks as well.”
“People in the area have been so generous bringing food in, not just one or two cans but a bag, and so many neighbors benefit from it,” LaFlamme said.