It is with great sadness that we share the news that a beloved friend of the White Center Food Bank, Irish Mckinney, passed away suddenly this week. Irish was known around the food bank for his warmth, his twinkling eyes, his generous spirit, and his friendship. He was famous for hosting Chicken Friday Christmas, an annual fundraiser to benefit the food bank that brought in tens of thousands of dollars. “We’re gonna feed some people!” he’d call, and indeed he did: he rallied bikers and the community to donate generously, and last year the event raised an astounding $16,000 to make sure that people in our community were fed.
Irish’s family has requested that donations in Irish’s memory be made to benefit the cause that he so dearly loved. The staff, board, volunteers and clients of the White Center Food Bank are humbled by this generosity, and thank the family for continuing Irish’s legacy.
Donations in memory of Irish McKinney can be made here; please designate Irish in the notes, and we will share the news of your gift with the family through Irish’s son, Geoff McNeely.
Please hold Marjorie in your thoughts and prayers, also. In addition to grieving the loss of her husband, Marjorie suffered injuries in the accident and is still hospitalized. Her son Geoff says that she will recover, but that they request your prayers.
Irish and his wife Marjorie, with WCFB staff Rick and Audrey, after Chicken Friday Christmas 2014.
Ride on, Irish. You are deeply missed already. Marjorie, our prayers are with you. To Irish’s beloved family, we share our deepest condolences.
Donate in memory of Irish here.
We are excited to announce the biggest event of the year!
This year’s Harvest Dinner and Auction is themed “seeds for change” and will once again be held at the Brockey Center at South Seattle College on the evening of October 17, 2015.
This year’s event promises to be very special: we are certain that this year’s items for auction will be the best ones yet, and after great feedback from last year, we will once again have surf and turf (steak and salmon) for our entree, as well as a vegetarian option. The need to raise funds is higher than ever: we continue to see record numbers of clients coming through our doors, and they rely upon your support to keep food on their table. The harvest dinner is our biggest annual fundraiser: it’s a great time for a great cause. We’re counting on you: will you come?
We are also excited to share our auction website with you. This year, you can browse items available at the auction before coming to the event, so that you can create a plan for what you’d most like to bid on. We already have several hotels (locally and farther away), many fine restaurants, fantastic tickets and activities, and far more than we can possibly mention here, but one item worth pointing out is a week in Mallorca, Spain. There is something for every budget, and we encourage you to consider purchasing your vacations and some of your presents for the holidays at our event.
Information about the dinner and auction is available HERE. Tickets are on sale now for the early bird price of $75, and can be purchased from the auction website.
Thanks for your incredible support. We can’t wait to see you at the auction….let’s plant some seeds for change together.
“I love to help, and helping them helps me.”
Jennifer Flores is the newest member of the White Center Food Bank staff, and can be found helping out in the Baby Pantry every Monday and Wednesday from 1pm to 5pm, and every Friday from 1pm to 4pm. Jennifer is a talented, compassionate woman, and even though she’s young she has a solid history of helping out in the community. When she’s not here or at school, she is a member of the Southwest Youth and Family Services teen program, and this summer she’s doing work around the community, including helping with a children’s summer reading program designed to keep kids reading over summer vacation, and she’s also doing work like water testing and helping out with other community goals. WCFB feels very fortunate that she’s sharing her energy and compassion with us, and with the clients that we serve.
Jennifer is bilingual in Spanish, and many of the baby pantry clients are delighted to find a Spanish speaker available to help them, calling it “¡Maravilloso!” It makes a world of difference to have an additional language represented at the Baby Pantry.
Jennifer is a student, and in fall she starts her freshman year at South Seattle College, majoring in biology. After she gets her AA, she plans to transfer to UW for pre-med, with the ultimate goal of becoming a pediatrician.
“I have a passion for helping people,” she says. “My family and I used to come to the food bank, and I can put myself in our clients’ shoes. When the people come to get diapers and they say thank you, I can hear how much they really mean it, and it feels good to be able to give help.”
Next time you visit us, please warmly welcome Jennifer to our staff. We are grateful for her help, and glad that she’s decided to serve this community with us.
Please join us on June 6, 2015 (this coming Saturday) from 11:30 to 2:30 at Daystar Retirement for great BBQ food, music, and fun. Parking is available across the street at Westwood Village, and it’s only $7.50 for adults and $5 for 12 and under.
Thank you so much to Daystar Retirement Village for putting on this great benefit for the White Center Food Bank and the West Seattle Food Bank.
Did you know that the White Center Food Bank serves not only White Center, but parts of West Seattle and Burien as well? We enjoy participating in community events in all three of those communities, as they are all parts of our service areas.
We have a cool event coming up THIS FRIDAY, MAY 29 from noon to 6pm in West Seattle!
Please join us at KEXP’s Hood to Hood Celebration in West Seattle, on California Ave SW, right by Easy Street Records. West Seattleites raised the most money during KEXPs fundraisers in 2014, and as a celebration, KEXP will be broadcasting live, with live music, from the Junction. Local nonprofits – including us! – have been invited to participate in the fun, and we’ll have a booth set up. Come by to hear great music, enjoy walking through the booths (California Ave will be closed to traffic between Alaska and Oregon), and visit us. You can just say hi, you can grab a snack (we’ll have some food!), you can sign up to volunteer, or you can ask us questions about the work that we do.
We look forward to seeing you!