Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association to Donate Shipment of Potatoes and Apples to White Center Food Bank in Seattle

December 31, 2008

SEATTLE, Dec. 31 /PRNewswire/ — The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators
Association (CSRIA) will be donating a truckload of potatoes and apples to the
White Center Food Bank (10829 8th Ave SW) in Seattle on Tuesday, January 6th.

The donation came about as a result of a meeting a couple of months ago
that CSRIA had with Rep. Sharon Nelson (D-Vashon, 34th Legislative District),
who then helped connect the association to the White Center Food Bank.

“As we fight through this recession, we all need to work together so that
families living in the richest nation on earth don’t go without food, the most
basic need of all,” said Rep. Sharon Nelson. “I am grateful that CSRIA has
offered to help meet this critical need during a time when the White Center
Food Bank is playing a more important role than ever in our community.”

“Today, we are seeing more people than ever in our food bank lines,” said

Rick Jump, Executive Director of the White Center Food Bank. “This generous
donation by the Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association is going to make
huge impact in our community.”

The White Center Food Bank’s mission is to minimize hunger while
nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance and embracing the area’s rich
cultural diversity. It has been helping out people in need for over three
decades and currently serves more than 1,200 hungry families each month. In
2007, it provided enough food for more than 53,000 individuals including
21,000 children under the age of 18.

The Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association has become a leader in
promoting water conservation and water efficiency in the Pacific Northwest.
Its membership irrigates about 250,000 acres of prime row crop, vineyard, and
orchard lands in Washington State and primarily consists of operations along
the Columbia-Snake River system, relying almost exclusively on private
investment to build and operate highly efficient, state-of-the-art river pump
stations and water distribution systems. In economic terms, CSRIA members
annually generate about $475-600 million in state and local income by
purchasing goods and services from numerous state economic sectors, ranging
from paper products and food packaging to financial, legal and marketing

“CSRIA and its members recognize that many people in Washington State are
struggling right now to feed themselves and their families, and we are happy
to support White Center Food Bank to help provide food to those in need,” said

Ron Reimann, President of CSRIA.

For more information about the January 6th food donation, please contact

Darryll Olsen of CSRIA at (509) 783-1623 or Patrick Boss of CSRIA at (509)
771-1844, or Rick Jump of the White Center Food Bank at (206) 762-2848.

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SOURCE Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association

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