Inslee approves use of state strategic reserve funds for Point Roberts business

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Gov. Jay Inslee announced the approval of state strategic reserve funds today to support a crucial business in Point Roberts. The small Washington community is physically isolated from the mainland United States and has experienced unique hardships during the pandemic due to the closure of the U.S.-Canada border.

Funds of $100,000 from the state Strategic Reserve Fund will help provide food security for the community and avoid a food crisis in this remote area of the state. These state funds complement federal funding support provided through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and other COVID-19 relief legislation, which were secured thanks to the efforts of U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, and U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene.

The Point Roberts International Marketplace is the only grocery story in Point Roberts. The Marketplace recently announced that due to losses associated with continued closures of the…

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