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Greenwood Food Bank critically low on food

August 15th, 2012 · Comments

The Greenwood Food Bank announced today that it is running critically low on food. The Food Bank now has less than four days’ worth of food.

“The Greenwood Food Bank typically has a supply of 8 distribution days of food. Right now, we have half of that in our stock,” Leann Geiger, Director of Food Bank Services at Volunteers of America, said in a press release. “Food donations have continued to decrease and we are concerned that we will run out of food.”

Food donations typically decrease in the summer, even though school-age children no longer have access to school meal programs and rely more heavily on food banks. Geiger says the food bank also has not been able to replace the 4,000 pounds of food each week that the Greenwood Market donated, before closing in early February.

Fifty-percent of the Greenwood Food Bank’s clients are children and seniors.

“If you have been thinking about making a donation, now is the time. The needs at the Food Bank will continue to increase as summer ends and we begin to approach the holiday season. A donation of just one dollar can purchase three meals, and anyone can make a difference with just a dollar,” Geiger says in the press release.

Items the food bank needs the most include canned meat, boxed meals, and kid-friendly foods such as macaroni and cheese and canned fruit. Donations are accepted at the Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave N., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. You can also donate online or send a check to Volunteers of America, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103.

The food bank is also looking for volunteers to help with food deliveries and pick-ups. If interested, email volunteers@voaww.org.

They’re also looking for a new Warehouse Lead Volunteer:

The Greenwood Food Bank is looking for reliable and involved community members willing to volunteer part time as a Warehouse Lead Volunteer. The Food Bank has recently moved to an all-volunteer run program model, the first food bank of its size in Seattle to do so. Without the support of volunteers, we would not be able to serve the 4,000 clients that come to the food bank each month. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for someone who wants to take on a leadership role in the organization, gain experience with the internal workings of a food bank and a non-profit, and make a real, tangible difference in their community. Please contact Alice at (206) 782-6731 or amaclean@voaww.org for more information.

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  1. anotherneighbor says:

    There are many, MANY websites out there that teach how to extreme coupon. Not only can you eat for nearly free, but you can use your New Powers for Good, and donate extra to the food banks.

    Here’s one such website.

    (full disclosure, I was an artist for one of the pennies)

  2. hmmm says:

    anotherneighbor- while online couponing is a great option for many, for others it is just not possble. Online couponing requires at least three things…access to the internet, a computer, and a printer. Not always practical for people who are already struggling.

  3. Charity says:

    This makes my heart hurt. You would think Fred Meyer would chip in what was donated by the former Greenwood Market.

  4. Dream On says:

    Considering Fred Meyer was given the right to tear down the equivalent of 2 or 3 city blocks to expand their store, removing Greenwood Market in the process, I would suggest they have the ethical duty of chipping away. I go to the Greenwood food bank when I come up short, and it is absolutely true it is getting desperate. Last week they were down to rationing one onion per poor visitor. Yep, one onion – don’t chop it up all at once.

  5. Dream On says:

    And by “chipping away”, I mean Fred Meyer should donate. How do you replace Greenwood Market’s 4000 pounds of food?

  6. PhinneyRidgian says:

    I thought that FM was talking about helping to replace the amount of food that Greenwood Market was donating. They could do this easily from one of their other stores.

    It shows me that they’re not as neighborhood friendly as we were all ready to believe.

  7. dfh says:

    I have a feeling that Fred Meyer will also help cover the shortage left by Greenwood Market closing…when their store is finally finished (sorry, I am still not happy with the person who delayed this project by three months).
    Until then, I suggest that all of us who are able should donate to the food bank Does anyone have a list of stores/businesses who have food collections for our food bank?

  8. Ted says:

    “Online couponing requires at least three things…access to the internet, a computer, and a printer. Not always practical for people who are already struggling.”

    Why do we bother building libaries with all available free then?

  9. Joe says:

    fred meyer. Fred Meyer. Fred Meyer! FRED MEYER! FRED MEYER!! FRED MEYER!!! FRED MEYER!!!!!!!

  10. Joe says:


    You didn’t read anotherneighbors full comment.

  11. Grant says:

    So is our problem hunger or obesity? If you are poor, how many ways do you have to get free stuff – EBT, churches, food banks, soup kitchens, medicade, 147 federal means-tested programs?

    I’m not trying to be offensive, but I’m asking – is there is ever any accountability? Seems like being on the dole is way preferable to being ‘working poor’. And if you never pay your dues as ‘working poor’, you’ll never advance; you’ll always take more than you give.

    As for “volunteers” of America, they have a fair bit of well compensated administration. If there were no more needy to tend to, where would they go? Am I the only one who feels like the first order of business for any not-for-profit is self preservation?
    And that this goal may run counter to their stated mission?

  12. anotherneighbor says:

    1) Yes, these three things are available at the library.
    2) The website I directed you all to instructs on how to coupon. While it does list ways to use online coupons, most of the instructions are how to best use coupons that arrive in the mail or are in Sunday papers… and how and who to ask to get more of those Sunday paper inserts… and then how to match coupons to sales.
    Pretty basic stuff, really, but it goes into detail.

    3) You don’t have to be struggling to use coupons. I would hope that people who *aren’t* struggling would consider using these techniques to get extra food cheaply, then donate that extra food.

    Not that long ago, I wound up with some store coupons and a great sale at Top Foods for a certain type of cereal. The boxes also had peel off manufacturer coupons as well. I bought a handful of these, and wound up with a catalina (the ones that print out at the cash register) for the same type… I wound up buying about 15 boxes (left some for other people) for about $5. Kept a couple, but donated the rest.
    While I haven’t run into a deal like that in a while, it would be great if we all tried to do stuff like that to help out.