The Burien Marine Homeowners Association (BMHA) – which was formed in 2010 to work with the City of Burien and Department of Ecology to develop the Shoreline Master Program – has dissolved, and has donated its remaining balance of more than $6,000 to the Highline Area Food Bank.

The group collected donations from shoreline property owners to hire legal counsel and assure protection of shoreline property rights for Burien residents.

BMHA board members voted to dissolve the corporation this month, since the original purpose of the group had been served.

Their remaining balance from the shoreline property owners’ contributions was donated to the Highline Area Food Bank.

“It was a great donation from the BMHA totaling $6,231.54,” Highline Area Food Bank Executive Director Mike Werle told The B-Town Blog. “In terms of how many mouths or what we are going to use it on I can tell you we have been running out of pasta, pasta sauce and cold cereal lately.”

Mike says that this generous donation will be split three ways – to purchase about 2,700 pounds of pasta, 3,700 pounds of tomato sauce and about 2,200 boxes of cereal.

“This will last us about three to four months I hope,” he said. “HAFB was totally surprised by the big donation but we’re very thankful for the Board of BMHA thinking of us and the community.”

Mike also adds that the food bank is now allowing for friends and family do pickups for others.

“Please let folks know if they have a friend or family member that can’t get in to the Food Bank during this outbreak that they could come in and pick up for that person,” he said. “All they would need is the person’s Picture ID for whom they would be picking up for. So in this time of crisis always check on the handicapped and elderly folks who live around you to make sure they are all right. If you are able to help them with food please do because they are the ones who need the help the most right now.”

Werle says that the HAFB is still managing to get along with social distancing that is required during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it does take clients a lot longer to get their food.

“I’ve had awesome response from the community with new volunteers as we lost all but three of our regular volunteers who are staying home because they’re in the at-risk category,” he said. “The new folks have been great but we could use 3-4 more on both Tuesday’s and Thursday.”

To Volunteer, please visit or call Mike Werle at (206) 433-9900.

“If I haven’t said it before, thanks for all you do in keeping the community connected thru all your South King Medis Blogs,” Mike added.

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