ROCHESTER, Wash. For 20 years, those who have needed help come Thanksgiving and Christmas in Rochester have come to Roof Community Services' food bank.
But they may have to look elsewhere this Christmas.
It's sad, said Michelle Chavez, an unemployed,single mother who picked up a frozen turkey and all the trimmings free of charge Monday morning.
Roof, and other food banks in Thurston County, no longer qualifies for federal food bank funding because the county's unemployment rate has dropped.
But it has remained flat in Rochester where the demand for free food has risen, said Roof's Executive Director Kellie McNelly.
The federal funding typically has meant an extra $10,000 a year for Roof.
Unless that money comes in from donations, Roof will not be able to offer Christmas meals for the first time since the charity started in 1993.