A record November

As the weather cools, and many people are preparing for a festive holiday, our building has filled with more clients than ever.  In November we had a record breaking month, serving over 110,000 pounds of food to over 7000 clients, over half of whom were children or seniors.  For those families we served, they had something to be grateful for at Thanksgiving: a table filled with holiday food.

As you prepare for the holidays – whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice, Kwanzaa, or just a bit of extra time off – we hope that you will feel peace and abundance.  Thank you to all who have shared their abundance by helping to feed our community.

There is still time to donate for our holiday distributions, and right now your donations are appreciated more than ever.  We’re preparing for another record breaking December, and with your help, we will serve everyone who comes through our doors.

Thank you – and stay warm out there!  Wishing blessings to you and yours.

Calling All Volunteers!

Did you know that it takes thousands and thousands of volunteer hours each year for us to stay in operation?  Our volunteers are an important part of our team, and we can’t do it without them.

Volunteers mother & son

Volunteers fill critical positions here: they stock food on our shelves, unload trucks, pass out food to clients, and clean.  Sometimes we have a need for office assistance with things like mailings, or help at events.  It really does take a village!

Right now, we’re looking for additional volunteers to help out throughout the week, for many hands make light work.  We are open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, and there are different shifts available each day.  We need people to come before food distribution (9-11) to unload crates and stock our shelves; we distribute food from 11-1; and after distribution (1-4) we need to get ready for the next day’s distribution, and we also need to tidy up (everything from breaking down boxes to sweeping or mopping). Whether you can come for a couple of hours, or all day long, we welcome you.  You can also come just one time, or sign up for a regular shift.  Try us out – we know you’ll like it so much that you’ll want to come back!Tessa Emma volunteering

In particular, we’re looking for a group (business, organization, family, or friends!) to come in for our holiday distribution on December 18th.  This is our special food distribution for seniors, and they are so appreciative for our help that it will fill your heart with gladness to help them out.

Please let us know if you can help – whether it’s just for a few hours one time, or you’d like to sign up for a regular shift, we welcome you.  Please email Audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org for more info.  We look forward to meeting you! Jun unloading milk at mobileMichael, Chris, and Libby unloading mobile

#GivingTuesday

First came Black Friday.

Then came Shop Small Saturday.

Then came Cyber Monday.

And finally, the best of all of these: it’s almost Giving Tuesday!

On #GivingTuesday (next Tuesday, which is December 2) you have a chance to save the world and spread some holiday cheer by supporting the charity of your choice.  It’s a feel-good day, and your donation on #GivingTuesday will not only help make this world a better place, but it will also give you a warm fuzzy feeling, knowing that you’ve made a difference.

Will you support us on #GivingTuesday?  It’s easy: you can send us a check, click the “Donate” button on this website, or even swing by the food bank to drop off a gift (financial donations and food are both gratefully accepted).

It’ll be a highlight of your holiday season, and your gift will be received with gratitude.

We thank you, and the hungry people of our community thank you.

The holiday rush!

A few updates – this is our busiest season of the year at the food bank, and this year seems even busier than usual!  It’s a good thing that we’ve got incredible support like what is below.  (I saved the best picture for last – it’s a good summary of all the best, so if you’re only going to look at one, look at the last one.)

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White Center Food Bank’s Executive Director Rick Jump and Meat the Live Butcher’s Tom Salle as Tom presents Rick with the proceeds of the White Center Eagles/Meat the Live Butcher’s fundraiser.  This is the kind of amazing support that allows us to keep doing the work that we do, and we’re so grateful to the White Center Eagles, Meat the Live Butcher, the people who attended the event and Tom for their incredible support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Fauntleroy UCC’s turkey drive (which brought in 34 turkeys and $600!):

Fauntleroy UCC Turkey Drive

 

 

 

 

 

And volunteers like these, including a mother and son duo, a long time volunteer, and a member of an employee group from Docusign, who were all here last week:

Volunteers mother & son Volunteer Judy Volunteer Docusign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do we need so much support?  Just look at all of the people we have coming through our doors to receive assistance right now.  These pictures were taken on Thursday at our senior holiday distribution at the food bank.  Watching people’s faces light up as they receive chickens (small families) or turkeys (larger families), plus all of the trimmings (including a choice of apple or pumpkin pie!) is a delight, but to protect the privacy of the clients in this picture we’ll just give you a sneak peek from the back of the food line:

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We also did another senior distribution on Friday, this one with the mobile food bank.  Check out our Board President, Jun Tay, unloading Smith Brothers milk from the truck:

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And volunteers Michael, Chris, and Libby unloading the mobile food bank truck, smiling despite the rain: Mobile truck at Arrowhead Michael, Chris, and Libby unloading mobile

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once unloaded, White Center Food Bank staff (Rick Jump and Audrey Zemke) helped to pass out food, alongside board member Peggy Ball, and many other volunteers.  (Did you know that some of our volunteers are also clients?  They say, “I want to give back, because you’ve helped me so much.”  Some of them are camera shy, and so we honor that, but we appreciate their help greatly.)

Audrey with chicken for small family Peggy and Rick at Mobile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why do we do it?  This final picture tells the story.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.  May you be blessed with a table filled with food and be surrounded by those who care.

Help for the Holidays

Our community needs YOUR help.

At this time of year, the level of need in our community rises: higher costs for food and heat, as well as a downshift in outdoor seasonal work (construction, painting, and more) mean that families require our assistance more than ever.

It’s hard to be hungry.

It’s hard to tell your children that there isn’t anything extra for the holiday table.

It’s hard for our seniors to face a holiday without food.

It’s hard to work all day, and still not have enough to make ends meet.

Fortunately, we’re here to meet that need.  The White Center Food Bank has special holiday distributions, and we’re getting ready to see our highest numbers of clients of the year and to serve them delicious, healthy food.  For the week preceeding Thanksgiving, clients make appointments to collect special holiday foods, and we provide turkeys, potatoes, dressing, vegetables, desserts and more.

In order to meet the incredibly high level of need, we rely upon our community more than ever at this time of year: financial donations, volunteer hours, and gifts of food.

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Here are some ways that you can get involved to be part of the solution to help feed hungry families at the holidays:

1)  First and foremost, we rely upon your financial donations.  Please consider giving to us (you can use the “Donate” button on this website, or send in a check, or come by to visit us in person!) to feed hungry families this season.

2) Please donate food!  While usually we can purchase food below discount prices (stretching your donation even farther to feed more hungry people), did you know that at the holidays stores  offer turkeys below wholesale prices?

  • Please consider donating a turkey or ingredients for a holiday dinner!  Our building is open from 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday, and we would gladly accept your donation here.  Ask for a tour, and Kristina would be happy to show you around!
  • Fauntleroy Church (UCC) is holding a turkey drive on Sunday, November 23.  Please visit them at http://www.fauntleroyucc.org/news.php for information, or bring them a frozen turkey from 9am to 12p on Sunday, November 23.  Our Executive Director, Rick Jump, will have a refrigerated truck onsite and will deliver them back to the food bank that day for distribution before Thanksgiving.  (Thank you, Fauntleroy UCC!)
  • The Roxbury Safeway is participating in Northwest Harvest’s “Hometown Harvest” and all food donations at that location will go directly to the White Center Food Bank.  (Thank you, Roxbury Safeway and Northwest Harvest!)
  • QFC is participating in Food Lifeline’s “Bringing Hope to the Table” program, which also directly benefits the White Center Food Bank.  (Thank you, QFC and Food Lifeline!)
  • Albertson’s is collecting cash donations for holiday meals, and donations given at the 1st Ave. S & 128th location benefit the White Center Food Bank now through December 25.  (Thank you, Albertson’s!)

Did you know that usually, the food bank can purchase food at prices below those available to the public, but that at the holidays stores discount turkeys below the prices available to us?  Please consider buying an extra turkey for a family in need.

There’s more!

Chicken Friday Christmas is on December 12 at The Barrel in Burien, and all the proceeds benefit the White Center Food Bank.  We hope to see you there!

Chicken Friday Christmas 2014

THANK YOU to this incredible community for the support that you have shown us.  We are grateful, and we really, truly, could not do it without you.  At this time of year we wonder how we can possibly meet the immensity of need in our community, but we know that you will come through for those who need help, and we are glad to be a part of the solution.

Happy holidays, everyone.  Stay warm out there!

 

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