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Greenwood Food Resource Center halfway to goal of raising $3,000 for Hunger Action Month

September 15th, 2016 by Doree

FamilyWorks’ campaign to raise $3,000 for the new Greenwood Food Resource Center is about halfway to its goal, with two weeks left to go in Hunger Action Month.

The food bank is housed at the Salvation Army, at 9501 Greenwood Ave. N. It opened in April to help fill the gap when Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank closed.

So far, FamilyWorks, based in Wallingford but supporting projects in numerous neighborhoods, has raised $1,428. They’re hoping to raise $3,000, which will be matched by FamilyWorks Board Members and local businesses.

Chuck’s Hop Shop in Greenwood has donated a T-shirt, growler and one growler draft fill in support of the fundraising campaign. Anyone who donates to GFRC through the end of September will be entered into a drawing to win.

You can donate online here.

You can read a testimonial from a GFRC client on FamilyWorks’ blog.

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Support Greenwood Food Resource Center during Hunger Action Month

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.”

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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.

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Family Works and Salvation Army opening new food bank in Greenwood on Wednesday

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.

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Greenwood Food Bank closing March 30, many clients moving to new North Greenwood Food Bank in Bitter Lake

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.

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.

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.

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Reminder: Phabulous Pig Out is Wednesday to raise money for hunger programs

October 8th, 2013 by Doree

The annual Phabulous PhinneyWood Pig Out is tomorrow (Wednesday). Eat out early and often to help raise money for the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Hot Meal Program. Thirty neighborhood restaurants, coffee shops and pubs will donate a portion of their sales that day to the Hot Meal Program.

Participating restaurants:

  • 74th Street Ale House
  • The Angry Beaver
  • A la Mode Pies
  • Baranof Restaurant
  • Barking Dog Ale House
  • Blue Glass
  • Blue Bird Ice Cream
  • Diggity Dog
  • Fresh Flours
  • Gainsbourg
  • In the Red Wine Bar
  • Kalbi Grill Express
  • Kouzina
  • Makeda Coffee
  • Martino’s
  • The Olive and Grape
  • Oliver’s Twist
  • The Park Pub
  • Prost!
  • Red Mill Burgers
  • Ridge Neighborhood Pizza
  • Razzi’s Pizza
  • Santa Fe Café
  • Tangerine Thai
  • Teachers Lounge
  • Tim’s Tavern
  • Stumbling Goat
  • Wingdome
  • Yanni’s

Metropolis is donating balloons to mark all participating restaurants that day.

If you can’t eat out that day but want to make a direct donation, please send a check to: PNA, Hot Meal Program, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., 98103.

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Reminder: Children in need can still receive free lunch and snacks at several sites this summer

August 21st, 2013 by Doree

Just a reminder that children 18 and younger can get free lunch and sometimes breakfast or snack through the Summer Meals Program.

Two of the three sites in our neighborhood will end their summer meal program this week:

  • Broadview-Thompson Elementary School, 13052 Greenwood Ave. N., serves free breakfast from 8:30-9 a.m. and lunch from 12-12:30 p.m. This Thursday is the last day.
  • Bitter Lake Community Center, 13035 Linden Ave. N., serves lunch from 12-1 p.m. and snack from 3-4 p.m. this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Viewlands Elementary, 10525 3rd Ave. NW, will serve lunch from 12-1 p.m. Monday-Friday through next Friday, Aug. 30.

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Help others during Hunger Action Week

March 28th, 2013 by Doree

This is Hunger Action Week and many volunteers will be at Greenwood-area grocery stores on Saturday conducting Food Security Surveys.

According to United Way of King County, one in five children in King County live in families which struggle to access healthy, affordable food. United Way tells me they’re concentrating most of their survey volunteers in or near our neighborhood this weekend.

Volunteer survey-givers are still needed. Go to the website to sign up. You can also see a list of local anti-hunger projects.

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Hunger Intervention Program expands Healthy Food Backpacks Program to Viewlands Elementary

February 8th, 2013 by Doree

The Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) provides backpacks full of healthy, kid-friendly foods to 40 North Seattle elementary school children each weekend. Starting on Feb. 22, HIP will expand the program to two more elementary schools, including Viewlands, 10525 3rd Ave. NW.

Viewlands has one of the highest numbers of children in the district relying on free or reduced price school meals.

The Healthy HIP Packs Program is a food backpack program that provides meals for children at risk of hunger when they are out of school. Each Friday, backpacks are discretely filled with enough food for six meals and two snacks per child and include information on nutrition and community resources… (T)he foods included in the pack are complete meals and emphasizes whole grains, milk, high quality proteins, fresh fruits, and products with no added sugars.

“We always welcome donated funds as well as donations of healthy, quality foods that can be included in the HIP Packs,” added Murphy. “If anyone is interested in hosting a food drive, we can provide information to do so. We know that hungry kids can’t learn and this program directly delivers food to where it is needed most.”

Donors have provided HIP with enough money to provide weekend food for up to 20 children at each of the two new schools. HIP hopes to increase that to 40 children at each school every week by the end of the next school year.

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Greenwood Food Bank critically low on food

August 15th, 2012 by Doree

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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