#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.

Senior going through the mobile line

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

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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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Meat the Live Butcher Benefit: Friday, November 14th

Meat the Life Butcher is doing a fundraiser for us!  Fun, food, music, community – you’re going to want to be there!

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$10 a plate donation benefits the White Center Food Bank.  Happy Hour is from 5-6pm, and dinner is from 6-8pm; the Blues on Tap Band plays at 8pm.  Canned food is also being accepted on our behalf.

The event is held at the White Center Eagles, 206-248-1400, 10452 15th Ave SW.  Tickets are available at the door.

For questions, please call Meat the Live Butcher at 206-762-MEAT.  See you Friday!

Auction Success!

Thank you so much to each and every attendee, donor, sponsor, and volunteer, our auction was a great success.  We raised a record breaking $120,000, and we couldn’t be more excited.  That money goes directly into feeding hungry people, and since we’re busier than ever, it comes at a good time.

If you were at the auction and have questions, please don’t hesitate to email kristina@whitecenterfoodbank.org for follow up.

Thank you so much.  We look forward to seeing you next year!