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 and financial 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!

SOLD OUT!

Thanks to the incredible support of this community, we have record numbers of registrations for our 10th Annual Harvest Dinner and Auction, and ticket sales have now ended.

If you’re coming on Saturday, don’t forget to scroll down on this page and look at a list of the awesome items that we have available for bid at the auction.  All of the live auction items and many – but not all – of the silent auction items are listed, many of them with web links.

We can’t wait to see you on Saturday.  If you missed out this year, save the date for next year: Saturday, October 17, 2015.

Thank you to our donors

Thank you to the following businesses and individuals for donating items to make our auction a success!

ACT Theatre
Angelo’s Ristorante
Argosy Cruises
Arthur Murray Dance School of Seattle
Arts West
Avalon Glassworks
Bago, Patricia
Ball, Peggy
Barber, Patricia and Chris Meinhold
Bartell’s White Center
Bartell’s White Center
Beauty Bar Spa
Bellevue Arts Museum
Bemis, Chris
Big Dipper Wax Works
Bird on a Wire Espresso Café
BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse
Bruce, Mary
Brunette Mix
Burien Trophy Awards & Engraving
Century Ballroom
Comedy Underground
Company Bar
Convergence Zone Cellars
Cox Financial
Creative Ice
Cupcake Royale
EagleRiders
Eastburg, Michael
Eats Market Café
Elliott Bay Brewing Co.
Endolyne Joe’s/CHOW Foods
Fitness With A Purpose
Flower Lab
Flowers By Jean
Frank Cantwell
Fran’s Chocolates
Friends of the White Center Food Bank
Full Tilt Ice Cream
Gary Fasso
Garza, Rudy
Giannoni’s Pizzeria
Golding, Bryona and Graham
Grieser, Beth
Guayaki Sustainable Rainforest Products
Hedwig, Adrian
Henderson, Lila
Hung Long Asian Market
Illusions Hair Design
Ingalls, Lynne and Mike Wald
Inn at the Market
J&M Restoration
J.P. Work and Associates
Jane Paulson
Joe and Ann Graham
Joe Aprile
Judy Hutchison
Jump, Rick & Judy
Keys on Main
Kiwanis of White Center
La Mexicana
Landahl, Susan
Locol Barley & Vine
Luna Park Café
Mac’s Triangle Pub
Mark Restaurant & Bar
Massage Envy
Master’s Auto & Tire Service
Meander’s Kitchen
Meat the Live Butcher
Morrison, Shawna
Museum of Flight
Nails & Hair
Northwest Hope and Healing
NW Carpenters
Ola Salon and Spa
Olson, Eldon and Marcia
Paint the Town
Parsons, Kristen
Phan, Ken
Pioneer Square Courtyard by Marriott
Premier Golf Centers, LLC
Proletariat Pizza
Pursley, Mark and Lori Church-Pursley
QFC Westwood Village
Renaissance Hotel
Ride the Ducks of Seattle
Salty’s Seafood Grills
Samway Market
Sanchez, Rita
Seafair
Seattle Art Museum
Seattle Insurance Group
Seattle Mariners
Seattle Seahawks Charitable Donations
Seattle Sheraton Hotel
Seattle Sounders FC
Seattle Style Salon, Ann Giroux
Seattle Style Salon, Michele Myers
Seattle Thunderbirds
Segway
Shawna Morrison
Showbox Theater
Sigrid and Noel Wilson
Skylark Guest House
Slate Salon and Spa
Smith Brothers Farms
South Seattle College
Starbucks Coffee Company Westwood Village
SW Boys & Girls Club
Taproot Theatre Company
Tay, Jun
Thriftway
Titan 360
Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events
Virginia Rain Studio
Viva Mexico
Water District #20
West 5
WestSide Baby
Wheeler, Kathi ‘george’
White Center Glass & Upholstery
Wyatt’s Jewelers
Zarfas, Chloe
Zeek’s Pizza
Zippy’s Giant Burgers