Dine Out for Hunger with giveBIG!

Dine out on May 5, 2015, and these restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the White Center Food Bank!

Company Bar
Full Tilt Ice Cream (White Center location)
Mac’s Triangle Pub
Meander’s
Proletariat Pizza
Zippy’s Giant Burgers (White Center AND Georgetown locations)

These wonderful restaurants will donate to us through giveBIG, so their donations will be stretched and matched, too!

See you on May 5!

 

 

GiveBIG on May 5

We have some very exciting news about GiveBIG this year, and we need your help!

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One day a year, The Seattle Foundation hosts GiveBIG.  For one day only, donations made through The Seattle Foundation’s website will be stretched, making your donations go even farther than usual.  And this year, we got a very exciting surprise: The Belshaw Family Foundation has created a matching grant, and they will match your dollars 1:1 for $2500!

Your donation + GiveBIG stretch + Belshaw Family Foundation match = A BIG DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY!

Hunger is on the rise.  Every day, we see the faces of hunger in our building here at the food bank: hard working people who just can’t stretch their paychecks to cover the essentials of food, shelter, transportation and clothing; children who struggle to learn in school because their hunger distracts them; seniors who struggled to live in dignity.  TOGETHER, we are the solution.  When clients come to our building, we welcome them, and with your help, we offer them healthy, delicious foods that will nourish their bodies and souls.

On May 5, 2015, your donations will make an even bigger difference.  Please donate to The White Center Food Bank via The Seattle Foundation’s website on May 5, and help out your neighbors.

Many, many thanks to The Seattle Foundation and The Belshaw Family Foundation for their generosity.

Mark your calendars today, and stay tuned for additional updates and direct links to our giving page on May 5!

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The details:

Only donations given via The Seattle Foundation website, designated to us, on May 5, 2015 will be stretched via GiveBIG and matched (up to $2500) by The Belshaw Family Foundation.

The White Center Food Bank is also known as the White Center Emergency Food Association.  We are listed as White Center Emergency Food Association on the Seattle Foundation website, here.

Art for Food: An Art Show to Benefit the White Center Food Bank

Please join us on April 24 at a benefit for the White Center Food Bank: Art for Food

With the support of local artists and the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, we are putting on a gallery show that includes framed and matted art, sculpture, jewelry, pottery, and more.  We’ll have wine and cheese, and enjoy live music from The Ellis Brothers.

See more on our website here, or buy tickets here.  See you there!

Art for Food poster 2015

Many thanks to the generous donors who have made this event possible: the artists who have donated their work to support the food bank, the Youngstown staff who have shared their beautiful space with us, the volunteers who are helping us out, the Ellis Brothers Trio, and of course the creators of the event, Peggy Abby and Lynne Ingalls, who have dedicated countless hours and resources to make this event happen.

Asking for your help

Today we are asking for your assistance.

Click here to donate online

Every year, we see more clients, and we strive to meet the needs of every person who walks in our door.  We offer fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, eggs, and milk, in addition to treats, bread, and items like tortillas, beans, and rice.  Last year, we served a record breaking 64,473 people.  We helped seniors, parents, working people, and children.

And in order to keep doing it, we need your help.

Every year at the holidays, we get a much needed influx of donations, for which we are eternally grateful, and we use that money to keep funding our programs (like delivering food to seniors with our mobile food bank), and to keep buying food not available through other donations.

But the holidays have passed, and our clients need our help just as much as ever.  Spring is in the air, and trees are blooming, but our clients are just as hungry as they were in December, and they show up asking for our help.  We need your donations now.

Click here to donate online

Did you see this story on our Facebook page yesterday?

Today a couple walked up to our window to ask for help. The woman was crying and distraught as she quietly asked if we would be able to help them. They were newly homeless, perhaps in their 40s, and looked shocked to find themselves at our door. Of course we helped them, and as our receptionist handed over two bags of food (including fresh fruit, bread, and other items that wouldn’t spoil without refrigeration) the husband, quite gentlemanly, rushed over to shake hands and express his extreme thanks. Have you ever wondered what it felt like to be newly homeless? To have to find your way to a food bank, to rely upon the kindness of strangers to get a meal? If you have, then we are here for you. And if you haven’t, then please consider supporting us so that we can keep up this important work.

Every day, clients like these show up needing our help.  Will you help them?  Will you make a donation today, so that we can improve our programs, providing more help to more people?

The need in our community is great, but together, we can meet that need.  We’re here to help, and I know you are, too.  Thank you for donating today.

Click here to donate online

We appreciate you more than we can say, and we share the gratitude of every one of our clients with you.  THANK YOU.

White Center 5k and Art for Food!

We have two fantastic events coming up to benefit the food bank: the white Center 5k on March 28, and Art for Food on April 24:
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The White Center 5k is an amazing event that benefits the White Center Food Bank, Yes Foundation, and White Center CDA.  Dress up as your favorite superhero, or come as you are, and walk, run, or stroll through White Center with your friends, family, and community.  More information is available here and tickets are available here.

 

Art for Food!

Art for Food poster 2015

This is a new event for us, and we’re really excited about it.  Local artists have donated their talents to provide beautiful art for viewing and for sale, and we’re having a gallery showing at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center on Friday, April 24 from 6 to 8pm.  Bring your friends and family, and stop by after work, or before you go out for the evening!  Wine (and other beverages), cheese, live music from the Ellis Brothers Trio, and great art in a fabulous setting.  We can’t wait to see you there!  More information is available on our website at this link, and tickets can be purchased here.