Snohomish Food Bank volunteer has no appetite for hunger
Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald
Snohomish food bank volunteer Paula Bailly helps a client navagate a grocery cart over a door jam Tuesday afternoon in Snohomish. Bailly, a kitchen manager at Cathcart Elementary School, was awarded $5,000 grant by her employer, Sodexo, and named A Hero of Every Day Life for her efforts to fight hunger.
Jennifer Buchanan / The Herald
Snohomish Food Bank volunteer Paula Bailly laughs with a client Tuesday afternoon in Snohomish. Bailly, a kitchen manager at Cathcart Elementary School, was awarded a $5,000 grant by her employer, Sodexo, and named A Hero of Every Day Life for her efforts to fight hunger.
Bailly was recently named a Hero of Everyday Life by the Sodexo Foundation, one of six people nationally to be selected for the award. It honors people who volunteer their time to fight hunger.
Bailly 53, is kitchen manager at Cathcart Elementary School, where she's worked for 13 years. She said she was shocked to get a phone call in April informing her that she was one of this year's winners.
In addition to the recognition, the award came with a $5,000 donation to any U.S. nonprofit organization of her choosing that fights hunger.
Bailly, who has volunteered at the Snohomish Community Food Bank for seven years, didn't have to consider her choices for long.
The money will be earmarked for Kids' Café, a free summer feeding program for Snohomish-area youth 18 and under.
The program kicked off earlier this week and continues through Aug. 30. It provides breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday at Snohomish High School.
Lunch also is being provided at three other sites this year, the Snohomish Boys and Girls Club, Circle H Mobile Home Park, and Three Rivers Mobile Home Park.
Last year, the program provided more than 17,000 meals, said Kristin Foley, spokeswoman for the Snohomish School District.
Bailly helped start a breakfast program at Cathcart Elementary School after seeing school staff coming to the school's kitchen asking for an apple to give to hungry students.
She said she still sees students every day who don't have enough to eat and could benefit from the Kids' Café summer feeding program.
Elizabeth Grant, executive director of the Snohomish County Food Bank, said she remembers one youngster who rode his bike from Machias to Snohomish each day for a meal. "I love this program," she said.
While the lunch program offers such kid-friendly favorites as pizza and cheeseburgers, there's always fresh fruits and vegetables, a salad bar, milk and juice, too, Grant said.
Grant wrote a letter supporting Bailly's nomination for the Sodexo Foundation award, outlining her many contributions to the food bank, including making the rounds at local groceries to pick up food to helping gather donations during the annual Letter Carriers Food Drive.
Bailly volunteers each week as a food bank greeter. "It's like a little grocery store inside," she said. "I greet them…explain what they're doing and send them on their way to go shop."
And no matter what extra programs or projects are undertaken at the food bank, "Paula is there to help," Grant said.
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Snohomish's free summer food program is being offered at four sites this year. It is open to any student age 18 or younger.
Snohomish High School Cafeteria
1316 5th St.
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. (breakfast)
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch)
Snohomish Boys and Girls Club
402 2nd St.
11:30 a.m. – noon (lunch only)
Circle H Mobile Home Park
6413 123rd Ave, SE
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (lunch only)
Three Rivers Mobile Home Park
13201 Elliott Road
12:15 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch only)
For more information, contact the Snohomish School District at email@example.com.
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