August 22nd, 2016 by Doree
The new Greenwood Food Resource Center is kicking off a month-long campaign during September’s Hunger Action Month to meet increased demand by neighbors in need.
The Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank was a vital part of our community before closing in March, after the organization sold its building at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N.and moved operations to the new North Greenwood Food Bank in Bitter Lake. In late April, Wallingford-based FamilyWorks and The Salvation Army opened the Greenwood Food Resource Center at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N. to fill the gap in service by providing healthy, fresh food to hundreds of households in our area.
One neighbor who utilizes the Greenwood Food Resource Center told food bank staffers, “The new food bank has helped enormously. The food I’m able to get there allows me to put a little money aside for my health care costs. It’s been a lifesaver.”
Photo courtesy of Greenwood Food Resource Center.
Since opening, the Greenwood Food Resource Center has seen its weekly numbers increase from serving 56 households to 105 households each week.
FamilyWorks is kicking off a campaign during Hunger Action Month to help pay for this growing demand. You can donate here. Just $25 can provide nutritious food for a family for one week.
Every donation, up to $3,000, will be matched dollar-for-dollar because of a match pool created by FamilyWorks Board Members and local businesses.
You can see an interesting video about the space as it prepared to open in April.
The Greenwood Food Resource Center is open to clients from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday at the The Salvation Army at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N.
Tags: FamilyWorks, Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Food Resource Center, hunger, Hunger Action Month, North Greenwood Food Bank, The Salvation Army
April 18th, 2016 by Doree
After the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. closed last month and clients were referred to other food banks, including the North Greenwood Food Bank in Bitter Lake, The Salvation Army’s Greenwood temple and Wallingford’s FamilyWorks teamed up to create a new food bank for our neighborhood.
The Greenwood Food Resource Center opens Wednesday at The Salvation Army, 9501 Greenwood Ave. N. It will be open to clients – individuals and families – from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday. FamilyWorks, which also operates a food bank and family resource center in Wallingford, will supply the food and staff for operations. The Salvation Army will provide volunteers.
Tags: FamilyWorks, food, Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Food Resource Center, hunger, The Salvation Army
March 15th, 2016 by Doree
The Greenwood Food Bank at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. will close on March 30 after Volunteers of America of Western Washington sold its building. Clients are being transitioned to other area food banks, including the North Greenwood Food Bank inside the Senior Housing Assistance Group development at North 130th Street and Linden Ave. N., which opened last summer.
“It’s awesome,” Chris Robinson, VOAWW Director of Development & Communications, said of the North Greenwood Food Bank, which is in a storefront next to the Bitter Lake Community Center. “It’s totally changed how people think of food banks.”
The new North Greenwood Food Bank is the ground floor storefront at center and right.
Robinson said VOAWW opened the North Greenwood Food Bank so it could serve both ends of the Greenwood Avenue corridor. VOAWW gets that SHAG space rent free, allowing it to spend more money on food and other services.
VOAWW’s old building, which houses the Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Community Center at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., was put up for sale last spring after VOAWW lost $53,000 in city funding, but VOAWW didn’t know how long it would take to sell or what any potential buyer’s plans would be, so they were unsure about the long-term prospects of that food bank. The city still provides the VOAWW with $6,000 per year for its food home delivery program for seniors and the disabled.
The current Greenwood Food Bank, at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., will close March 30.
Mark Johnson, VOAWW Vice President of Development & Communications, said paying rent on a permanent space is not cost effective when the food bank is only open one or two days a week. So they’ve experimented with a pop-up food bank at a church in Everett and were able to double the amount of clients served, and had built-in volunteers from the church. So that’s the model that VOAWW is now looking to.
Johnson said the North Greenwood Food Bank sees more clients on a daily basis than the south end Greenwood Food Bank, and 75 percent of them are seniors. He said VOAWW is focused on serving areas with the greatest need and gap in services, explaining that our area has several nearby food banks that serve the same zip codes.
“It put us in a more highly dense population, and many of the seniors we did home delivery to already lived in that area, and even in that complex,” Johnson said of the SHAG development. “The big thing for me is that people know that we’re not leaving the area. I feel a lot has been made about the city cutting the funding. But for us, whether that funding was there or not, we’re looking at how best to use donor resources and better serve our clients.”
VOAWW’s website has a list of other local food banks that clients can access. See that list for information on all zip codes served and hours of operation. Here are the basics:
- North Greenwood Food Bank: 13000 Linden Ave. N. Serving 98103, 98133, 98117 and 98177 zip codes. However, beginning April 1, it will only serve residents in the 98133 and 98177 zip codes.
- Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church Food Bank: 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., www.prlc.org, 206-783-2350.
- Ballard Food Bank: 5130 Leary Ave NW, www.ballardfoodbank.org, 206-789-7800. Serving: 98107, 98117, 98119, 98199.
- Bethany Christian Church Food Bank: 8023 Green Lake Dr. N., www.churchbcc.org/missions/local-outreach, 206-524-9000.
- University District Food Bank: 1413 NE 50th St., www.udistrictfoodbank.org, 206-523-7060. Serving: 98102, 98103, 98105, 98112, 98115, 98125.
- Blessed Sacrament Food Bank: 5050 8th Ave NE, www.blessed-sacrament.org, 206-547-3020.
- Epic Life Church Food Pantry: 10510 Stone Ave N., www.epiclifechurch.org, 206-552-9586.
- North Helpline Food Bank: 12736 33rd Ave NE, www.northhelpline.org, 206-367-3477. Serving: 98115, 98125, 98133, 98177, 98011, 98028.
- Hopelink: 15809 Westminster Way N., Shoreline, www.hope-link.org, 206-440-7300. Serving: 98133, 98155, 98160, 98177.
Tags: food banks, Greenwood Food Bank, hunger, North Greenwood Food Bank, poverty, Volunteers of America Western Washington
October 13th, 2015 by Doree
Our neighborhood’s annual Hunger Goblin Trick or Treat at participating businesses is set for 12-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31. Look for the Hunger Goblin posters in the windows, or just follow the crowds.
While a fun event for children, it’s also a fundraiser for the Greenwood Food Bank. Anyone in costume can trick or treat, but children are encouraged to donate either a can of food or $2 at various donation stations along Phinney and Greenwood avenues during the event, or at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., the week before. Those who donate will receive a special Hunger Goblin sticker to wear.
Tags: Greenwood Food Bank, Halloween, Hunger Goblin' Trick or Treat, trick-or-treat, Umpqua Bank
August 7th, 2015 by Doree
If you purchased your entry form for the 10th annual Gumshoe 5K Walk but haven’t had time to do the detective walk through the neighborhood yet, never fear, there’s a special group walk just for you. And they call it “Procrastishoe.”
A group of Gumshoers on the detective walk this week.
It’s not too late to finish the 10th annual Gumshoe 5K FUNdraising walk and enter the prize drawing for one of ten $100 gift cards from local businesses. The event continues through this weekend.
If you are a master at dragging your feet or a slowpoke who lets things slide until the last minute, join fellow procrastinators at Ken’s Market at 3 PM Sunday, August 9, to do the Gumhoe in a group. No entry form? Buy one at Ken’s. The Answer Man will follow the troop providing helpful hints and smart ass comments. You’ll finish in time to submit your entry form for the prize drawing that takes place that evening AND you’ll meet new people, explore unfamiliar (perhaps) parts of the neighborhood and get some exercise for both brain and body.
The Gumshoe is a FUNdraising detective walk held every summer in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods — an annual event that has raised over $38,000 for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank since it took its first steps (pun intended) in 2005!
Entry forms are $20 or $15 each if you purchase two or more together. Buy them at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, Starbucks (on Phinney) and Couth Buzzard Books. Solve the clues to discover the route and have fun. To learn more, check out the Gumshoe website at http://dothegumshoe.org.
The Answer Man is punctual, so don’t be late!
Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.
Tags: fundraising, Greenwood Elementary, Greenwood Food Bank, greenwood senior center, gumshoe
July 30th, 2015 by Doree
Our neighborhood’s annual scavenger hunt, the Gumshoe 5K Walk, begins its 10th year this Friday and runs through Aug. 9. The Gumshoe takes participants on a fun detective walk around the neighborhood by following clues to find interesting places, signs, yard art, etc., and the chance to win $1,000 in prizes. Ten local businesses have each donated $100 gift cards, from Phinney Market Pub & Eatery to Top Ten Toys.
Past Gumshoe participants followed clues to this interesting yard art.
Entry forms are $20 or $15 each if you purchase two or more together. Buy them at Ken’s Market, the Phinney Center, Starbucks on Phinney, and Couth Buzzard Books. The Gumshoe is a fundraiser for the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank, raising more than $38,000 since 2005.
New this year is the “Procrastishoe,” a group walk for people (like us) who buy forms and wait until the last possible second, but think they can’t complete it in time to qualify for prizes. So, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, meet up with other procrastinators at Ken’s Market to solve the walk en masse, with the Gumshoe Answer Man (Mike Veitenhans) following along behind to provide hints.
(Past years’ Eatsy Street and GumShop “games within the game” have been eliminated to streamline the event.)
Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.
Tags: Greenwood Elementary School PTA, Greenwood Food Bank, greenwood senior center, gumshoe
June 24th, 2015 by Doree
The annual fundraising Gumshoe 5K Walk returns July 31-Aug. 9, taking participants on a scenic and fun walk through our neighborhood while looking for clues to complete the form for a chance to win prizes from neighborhood businesses. Since 2005, the Gumshoe has raised more than $38,000 for three Greenwood non-profits — Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank and Greenwood Elementary School PTA.
The event has been streamlined this year – dropping the Eatsy Street and GumShop photo clue “games within the game” — and now has additional administrative support from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, said Mike Veitenhans, who organizes the event and is known as the Gumshoe Answer Man that participants can call when they can’t figure out a clue.
Veitenhans is looking for two volunteers to “test drive” this year’s walk, which involves solving the draft clues while Veitenhans follows along and takes notes so he can tweak the clues into their final form. In return for their time and since they’ve done the walk, the volunteers will receive free Gumshoe entry forms and are eligible to win one of 10 $100 gift cards to local businesses being offered as prizes this year.
If you’d like to be a “test driver,” email AnswerMan@DoTheGumshoe.org.
(Note: The Gumshoe is a PhinneyWood sponsor.)
Tags: fundraising, Greenwood Elementary School PTA, Greenwood Food Bank, greenwood senior center, gumshoe, Phinney Neighborhood Association
October 22nd, 2014 by Doree
Here’s our neighborhood’s main Halloween events this weekend. (If you know of more, please put them below in Comments or email us.)
The Hunger Goblin’Trick or Treat will be along Phinney and Greenwood avenues from 12-3 p.m. Saturday. Costumed kids can trick or treat at participating merchants. Donate a can of food or purchase a Hunger Goblin’ sticker for $2 to help support the Greenwood Food Bank. Stickers are available in advance at Umpqua Bank, 7120 Greenwood Ave. N., or at donation stations along the trick-or-treating route. Stickers are not required to trick-or-treat, but are encouraged to help those less fortunate. The Hunger Goblin will be available for photos at Umpqua Bank (bring your own camera).
Frankenstein hands out candy to trick-or-treaters in front of the 74th Street Ale House.
City Fruit and the Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., are hosting a cider pressing and food drive from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the food bank, you’ll receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider. You can also tour the food bank and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.
American Dance Institute, 8001 Greenwood Ave. N., is turning its studio into a Halloween Wonderland with 200 flying bats, bales of hay, dancing scarecrows, cats and ballerina dolls, ghosts, a mossy branch laden cemetery and giant spiders.
Halloween on Holman is from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday at Carkeek Plaza and Holman Road Square shopping centers at NW 100th Street and Holman Road. Kids in costume and accompanied by an adult can trick-or-treat at participating stores. Pick up a card showing all participating merchants at the tent in front of Elements Massage and Karin’s Beauty Supplies. In addition to wrapped candy, each merchant will offer a coupon or special for adults, along with a sticker for the card. Turn in your sticker-filled cards to enter a drawing for gift cards from neighborhood stores. The fifth annual event is also a food drive for the Greenwood and Ballard Food Banks, so please bring non-perishable goods to donate.
Tags: American Dance Institute, City Fruit, Greenwood Food Bank, Halloween, Halloween on Holman, Hunger Goblin' Trick or Treat
October 15th, 2014 by Doree
City Fruit and Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank are teaming up again for the third annual Cider Press and Food Drive from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N. All proceeds benefit the Greenwood Food Bank.
In exchange for a bag of food or a $10 donation to the VOAWW Greenwood Food Bank, participants will receive a growler of fresh-pressed apple cider courtesy of City Fruit. Tours of the food bank will be available and there will be treats and Halloween activities for young trick-or-treaters.
Held in conjunction with both Food Day and PhinneyWood’s Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat, this event collects food and money to feed families in our community throughout the holiday season. In addition to the Food Bank’s position as a stop along the Trick or Treat route, donation stations will be located along Greenwood Avenue to make donating even easier.
Tags: City Fruit, Greenwood Food Bank