Snoqualmie Tribe and Casino Provide Meals to Snoqualmie Valley Organizations

4,000 Frozen Meals Help Provide Safety Net for Those in Need

SNOQUALMIE, WA— In the midst of our ongoing, shared health crisis, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and Snoqualmie Casino have worked to source 4,000 frozen meals that will be distributed through local community partners to provide food assistance to those in need.

Our community partners include: 
•    Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank 
•    Fall City Community Pantry 
•    Snoqualmie Valley Shelter Services
•    Friends of Youth 
•    Trail Youth, in partnership with Helping Hands and the Snoqualmie Valley School District 

An initial 700 meals were distributed to four elementary schools in the Snoqualmie Valley by Helping Hands backpack program in preparation for Spring Break, the week of April 13th. The meals are provided to students who are served through the Snoqualmie Valley School District’s meal distribution program which provides breakfast and lunch to students during the regular scheduled school year but not during school breaks.

“Being fairly new to this community, what has impressed me the most is the generosity of the various businesses, organizations and individuals in the Valley. This is a perfect example of such generosity. I so appreciate the Snoqualmie Tribe’s donation of over 4000 meals to be distributed to our most vulnerable individuals and those most in need, “said Rob Manahan, Superintendent of the Snoqualmie Valley School District. “The school district, while delivering foods to our students and families over the last few weeks, recognizes the on-going and growing need within our community and are so thankful and appreciative of this generous action by the Snoqualmie Tribe.”

 “In this challenging time that is affecting all of us, we feel compelled to do what we can to help our neighbors in the Snoqualmie Valley,” said Snoqualmie Tribal Chairman Robert de los Angeles. “It is only by pulling together that we can steer our way through this crisis to the other side.”

In addition to serving youth in the Valley, these meals have been distributed to local food banks who have been seeing a steady increase in clients seeking nutritional assistance.  The food banks have also extended their service to provide support to vulnerable populations including local senior centers. 

“Although we are temporarily closed, we feel fortunate that we can still roll up our sleeves and contribute to our community’s recovery,” said Snoqualmie Casino Interim CEO and President Stanford Le.

The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe is a federally recognized tribe in the Puget Sound region of Washington State. Known as the People of the Moon, Snoqualmie were signatories to the Treaty of Point Elliott in 1855. Tribal enterprises provide over 1,700 jobs in the Snoqualmie Valley, and the Snoqualmie Tribe has donated more than $10 million to nonprofit organizations in Washington State since 2010.