Beginning in 2005, town resident Kevin Sunrise began offering food from the porch of his home to neighbors in need of assistance. His efforts sparked a realization that community members in La Conner may benefit from the establishment of a food bank. A group of dedicated citizens met under the guidance of the Skagit Valley Neighbors in Need Food Bank located in Mount Vernon and in August 2010, opened from the basement of the La Conner United Methodist Church. Named in honor of Kevin Sunrise, the La Conner Sunrise Food Bank operated under the support of the Mount Vernon food bank until receiving official non-profit status in 2011 and shortly after, moved to its current location within the Garfield Masonic Lodge.
Our mission is simple: We rise to meet the food needs of our community. We serve anyone in need of food and our team of volunteers work hard to promote a positive environment that is welcoming and free of judgment.
The La Conner Sunrise Food Bank currently distributes an average of 12,000 lbs of food each month to over 130 local households. We offer a Mobile Delivery Program to residents within the La Conner School District that are not able to visit us in person. Delivery is qualified on the self-disclosed basis of being elderly, disabled or not having adequate transportation to visit us during business hours. We offer a variety of foods including options that are gluten-free, non-dairy, vegan and ready-to-eat foods for those without refrigeration or a cooking source.