As we approach our Dine Out for Maple Alley Inn fundraiser in May, it’s a great opportunity to highlight the good that Maple Alley Inn does in Whatcom County.
Maple Alley Inn is Opportunity Council’s hot meals program, which offers the benefits of a family meal to a diverse community every week. The service is operated by Anne Poulson, Sarah Yates and its very own team of regular volunteers. It has served healthy and sustaining meals since 1987 to people who need them. These meals are prepared from scratch by the volunteers and incorporate organic vegetables from the Maple Alley Inn Community Garden, which is also maintained by volunteers.
Who does it serve?
Guests include low-income families, people experiencing homelessness, veterans, isolated seniors, and individuals in recovery, and many more. The program also has maintained the meal distribution services it developed during COVID, still preparing and packaging meals for households in Opportunity Council’s supportive housing facilities and families staying in hotel sheltering.