Volunteers Bruce Leigh and Nancy Elwert with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) place food boxes in a trunk June 10 at Sequim High School. Free food boxes are available through the USDA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 19. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Volunteers Bruce Leigh and Nancy Elwert with Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) place food boxes in a trunk June 10 at Sequim High School. Free food boxes are available through the USDA from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 19. (Matthew Nash/Olympic Peninsula News Group)

Volunteers distribute food boxes in Sequim, Port Angeles

Program aims to help those hurt by pandemic

Free boxes of surplus food will be distributed in Sequim and Port Angeles weekly this summer through the COVID Food Care Package program hosted by Clallam County.

In Sequim, food boxes are available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays through Aug. 19. Drivers are asked to go to the west entrance of the Sequim Middle School parking lot, 301 W. Hendrickson Road, to sign up. They then go to the Sequim High school and line up to receive one box each of non-perishable food, perishable food and dairy products.

In Port Angeles, food is distributed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 29 with the exception of July 4.

Port Angeles distribution locations are at the Lincoln Center at Eighth and B streets and Clallam County Fire District 2’s Station 22 at 700 Power Plant Road and Fire Station 25 at 22 Prospect Place near Deer Park Cinema.

Volunteers assist with loading the food for no cost.

Clallam County is set to receive up to 2,000 of these non-perishable food boxes each week for the next several weeks, according to Clallam County Undersheriff Ron Cameron.

Food banks throughout the county are coordinating with agencies such as Fire Departments 2 and 3 and others to ensure the food boxes are distributed to the public.

For more information or to volunteer, call Dan Orr, Clallam County Fire District 3 assistant chief, at 360-683-4242 or Catherine Dewey at the Port Angeles Fire Department at 360-417-4655.

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