Dates to Remember

We have all kinds of things going on that you’ll want to mark on your calendars:

Friday, January 30, 2015: Empty Bowls at the Burien Community Center to benefit the White Center Food Bank and Highline Food Bank

Saturday, January 31, 2015: Exchange Club Auction at St. Bernadette’s School, doors open at 5:45, Italian dinner served 6:30-7:30.  The Exchange Club uses these funds to support community organizations, including the White Center Food Bank.

Friday, February 6, 2015: Our Baby Pantry will be closed for the day; regular food distribution and office hours will be in place.

Monday, February 16, 2015: Presidents’ Day, and the food bank will be closed for the day.

Saturday, February 7, 2015: Rotary Auction at the Southcenter Doubletree Hotel.  Rotary of White Center is another great organization that offers the White Center Food Bank support.

Sunday, March 1, 2015: WestSide Baby’s Tea at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center.  WestSide Baby is one of our biggest partners, and they distribute diapers, formula, toddler friendly foods, car seats, clothing and more to clients onsite at our facility three days a week.

Thursday, March 5, 2015: Fun Night Out at the Skylark!  Stay tuned for more details, but this will be a chance to socialize with your friends, enjoy beverages, bid on baskets, and support the White Center Food bank.

Saturday, March 28, 2015: White Center Superhero 5k!  Run or walk to support the White Center Food Bank, White Center CDA, and YES Foundation of White Center.  Stay tuned for details!

Friday, April 24, 2015: Art Show to benefit White Center Food Bank at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.  Wine and cheese, great art to view and purchase, great music, and a chance to support the White Center Food Bank.  Stay tuned for details!

 

Empty Bowls

Please join us for Empty Bowls on January 30th, an event that benefits the food bank.  This is a fun way to enjoy community, delicious soup, and beautiful pottery.  Please see details in the attached flyer:

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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