As you might imagine, the end of the year for the Food Bank, is a very busy time of the year. With the generous donations and help from the community we were able to have special holiday distributions for families and friends to gather around a special holiday meal. In November 963 families and in December 897 families came by for these holiday distributions. These special distributions included food and ingredients like: milk, eggs, turkey, ham, sugar and oil for homemade cookies, olives, pumpkin and desserts. We hope everyone enjoyed this holiday season with families and friends.
This year the wholesale price of turkey has gone up to $1.29- $1.49, so it’s harder for us to provide our clients with a whole Thanksgiving meal. However, many grocery stores are offering 1-2 turkeys for much less expensive prices (for example, Target has Market Pantry turkeys for $.69/pound, or Butterball turkeys for $.99/pound, each limit two), and so we’re asking our community to contribute!
There are four ways to get a turkey to our clients:
1) Come to the White Center Food Bank (10829 8th Ave SW) Saturday November 14, between 2-4pm, to drop off turkeys with our Executive Director Rick Jump; or
2) Stop by the White Center Food Bank during our regular business hours (Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm) to drop off turkeys with our staff; or
3) Come by Fauntleroy United Church of Christ (Fauntleroy UCC at 9140 California Ave S) Sunday, November 22 from 10am to 12pm) to drop off a turkey at our Mobile Food Bank truck in their parking lot; or
4) Financial gifts are always appreciated, and you can donate online at http://whitecenterfoodbank.org/donate/
Thank you so much for supporting the White Center Food Bank!
It is with mixed feelings that we announce that our Development Director, Kristina Dahl, is leaving the food bank to become Executive Director at another local nonprofit.
Kristina’s drive, energy, and passion for supporting our clients has served the food bank well, and under her guidance, we’ve grown our events, won new grants and increased existing ones, and engaged more than ever with the donors who support us. We wish Kristina all the best in her new endeavors, but we will miss her.
We will notify you here, and on Facebook, when the Development Director position is posted.
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.
“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.