On November 5, some residents of Birchwood are throwing a post-Halloween squash swap to ensure their neighbors have access to fresh food this fall.

A few months ago the grocery store on Northwest Avenue closed its doors. That means for many residents of Birchwood fresh food is more than a mile away, making this north Bellingham neighborhood officially a food desert. Another grocer is sure to set up shop soon, but the enterprising residents of Birchwood aren’t waiting around for that.

The squash swap is a simple idea: bring an extra garden squash or (uncarved) pumpkin if you have one. Come take one if you’d like one. And after a couple days, the remainders will be delivered to the Bellingham Food Bank.

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