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Posted on: March 28, 2020

Accessing Healthy Food During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Wondering what’s up with accessing healthy food during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order for Washington? We’ve got an overview here for you.

Grocery stores are essential businesses and will stay open.

Under the Governor’s order, we recommend that you shop once a week and buy the same amount of food that you normally would. Don’t overbuy, leave enough for your neighbors. Here are some tips to stay safe while grocery shopping:

  • Make every effort to keep six feet between yourself and others in the store 
  • Some stores are also reserving times for people who are older, pregnant, or have health conditions to shop. Check your local grocery store for more information. 
  • Carry hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes with you, and clean off any items you bring home with you before you use them

Food banks are also staying open.

Food banks in our community are still open for folks who need some additional assistance accessing healthy food. All food banks are taking distancing recommendations into consideration. 


Find the latest on Whatcom Food Bank Resources from the Opportunity Council. To get the most up-to-date information about the services for the food bank nearest you, we suggest you contact your food bank directly.

360-676-0392

360-384-1506

  • Blaine Food Bank

360-332-6350

360-354-4673


Schools are serving meals for youth throughout our community.

All Whatcom County school districts are providing meals to students at several school or neighborhood locations. Visit whatcomcovid.com to get more information.


Neighborhoods are organizing food and grocery delivery. Make sure you know how to do this safely!

Many people in our community have been helping to prepare and deliver food to friends and neighbors. Thank you all for working hard to keep our community healthy!

  • If you’re one of those generous neighbors helping others out, we’ve got information for you! Find out how to safely prepare food for others to prevent food illnesses. Never prepare meals if you are sick. 
  • If you’ve had food delivered to you, check out our guidance for how to safely handle pre-packed food.

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