After Seattle closed the streets near St. Mary’s for the Women’s March Saturday, residents donated $10,000 to the food bank.
The food bank at St. Mary’s, located on 20th Avenue South, had to close its doors to its usual customers early due to Saturday’s march. Instead of serving homeless and hungry residents, the food bank opened its doors to allow marchers to use the restrooms. The food bank also donated bottled water to marchers who stopped into the charity. Marchers left cash donations to thank St. Mary’s for allowing marchers access to the food bank’s restrooms and to make up for a cash shortfall the charity is experiencing.
The food bank’s executive director, Alison Alfonzo Pence, told reporters that the donations from marchers would be a big help toward the lack of funds the charity would be dealing with in 2017.
St. Mary’s food bank typically serves upward of 500 Seattle customers each Saturday. Due to the march, the food bank was only able to serve 250 people that morning before having to close. Although the cash donations did not keep some people from going hungry Saturday, the donations will help those same people in the long run.
The Seattle Women’s March drew more than 100,000 Seattle residents to a 3-mile section of the city. Former Seattle mayor Mike McGinn commented that he had never seen such a big march in his city. The march was one of hundreds across the nation that drew millions of people in the United States and internationally to march for women’s rights as Donald Trump was inaugurated at the 45th President.
Although the majority of protests were peaceful, many businesses and charitable organizations had to close their doors to customers Saturday. St. Mary’s food bank was only one of the organizations affected, but the charity was fortunate to gain such a sizable donation from the event.