We Need Turkeys!

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.

In Memory of Irish Mckinney

Irish on bike



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 & Marjorie Irish Marjorie Rick AudreyIrish 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.

Please welcome Jennifer Flores to our staff!

“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 Flores

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.




Seeds for Change on October 17, 2015

Save the date card JPGWe are excited tUpo announce the biggest event of the year!

UPDATE: SOLD OUT!  We are almost ready for Saturday’s big event, and we hope that you’re coming!  The event is now sold out.

This year’s Harvest Dinner and Auction is themed “seeds for change” and will once again be held at the Brockey Center at South Seattle College on the evening of October 17, 2015.

This year’s event promises to be very special: we are certain that this year’s items for auction will be the best ones yet, and after great feedback from last year, we will once again have surf and turf (steak and salmon) for our entree, as well as a vegetarian option.  The need to raise funds is higher than ever: we continue to see record numbers of clients coming through our doors, and they rely upon your support to keep food on their table.  The harvest dinner is our biggest annual fundraiser: it’s a great time for a great cause.  We’re counting on you: will you come?

We are also excited to share our auction website with you.  This year, you can browse items available at the auction before coming to the event, so that you can create a plan for what you’d most like to bid on.  We already have several hotels (locally and farther away), many fine restaurants, fantastic tickets and activities, and far more than we can possibly mention here, but one item worth pointing out is a week in Mallorca, Spain.  There is something for every budget, and we encourage you to consider purchasing your vacations and some of your presents for the holidays at our event.

Information about the dinner and auction is available HERE.  Tickets are on sale now for the early bird price of $75, and can be purchased from the auction website.

Thanks for your incredible support.  We can’t wait to see you at the auction….let’s plant some seeds for change together.