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Multi-Service Center food donation van stolen in Federal Way

Unknown suspects stole a donation van from the Multi-Service Center in Federal Way on Monday. The donation vans are an integral part of the organization
Unknown suspects stole a donation van from the Multi-Service Center in Federal Way on Monday. The donation vans are an integral part of the organization's ability to provide food to those in need.
— image credit: Courtesy of Multi-Service Center

Unknown suspects stole a donation van from the Multi-Service Center (MSC) on Monday, Dec. 2, according to a press release from the MSC.

The van, a forest green 2009 Chevy Express with Multi-Service Center printed in white on both sides, and with license plate number BB23IN, was last seen on Interstate 5 near Boeing Field.

Anyone who believes they have seen this van is encouraged to contact MSC at (253) 838-6810 or local authorities.

With the loss of the van, the MSC’s ability to help families and individuals during the holiday season has been severely impacted, according to MSC’s Food Bank Director Terri Turner.

“Our vans are an integral part of our ability to provide food to our members of our community. This loss of a vehicle will put an extra burden on us as we are trying to serve hungry individuals and families for the holidays. We need this van back,” Turner said in the press release.

According to MSC, their vans “pick up donations five days a week from local grocers, restaurants, Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest.” Those donations account for 90 percent of the food donated to MSC’s Food Bank.

MSC’s role in the community has been steadily increasing in the last five years, due to the economic downturn. For the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday, MSC reports they served 1,088 families with 4,863 members. For the month of November overall, MSC served 3,090 households with 13,524 members.

MSC is located at 1200 South 336th St. in Federal Way.

 

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