A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

FamilyWorks promoting Hunger Action Month as a way to support Greenwood Food Resource Center

September 11th, 2017 by Doree

FamilyWorks, the Wallingford-based nonprofit which runs the Greenwood Food Resource Center at the Salvation Army, 9501 Greenwood Ave. N., is celebrating the food bank’s one-year anniversary. The food bank has served more than 450 households in our neighborhood, yet the need appears to be growing.

As part of Hunger Action Month, FamilyWorks is hoping to raise money to support more families and add days of service. The Greenwood Food Resource Center is currently only open on Wednesdays.

If you’d like to help, you can sign up for a monthly donation (a $25 donation feeds one family for a week); coordinate a food drive with your friends, family, or co-workers; or participate in FamilyWorks’ virtual food drive.

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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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City Fruit looking to harvest late-season pears and apples from neighborhood trees

September 17th, 2014 by Doree

Non-profit organization City Fruit is looking for Greenwood and Phinney Ridge fruit tree owners to let volunteers harvest their extra fruit to donate to local food banks and meal programs, including the Greenwood Food Bank. Right now they’re looking to harvest late-season pears and apples.

City Fruit has collected more than 15,000 pounds of fruit so far this harvest season. If you have fruit trees to be harvested, contact Harvest Coordinator Luke Jesperson at luke@cityfruit.org.

And they’re always looking for volunteer harvesters. You can sign up online.

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Wallingford greenhouse group looking for new place to grow veggie starts for giving gardens

January 29th, 2014 by Doree

Update: The group has found a greenhouse space in U-Village.

Earlier: A group of volunteers has recently lost its use of a greenhouse in Wallingford, where they grew vegetable starts for P-Patch gardeners to grow food to donate to local food banks.

The six-year-old group is looking for a greenhouse space anywhere north of the Ship Canal, from east Ballard to Wallingford, up to about 85th Street.

If you have a greenhouse, or space where one can be constructed, email Agnes at agnes.p.cwalina@gmail.com.

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Reusable grocery bag drive for clients of FamilyWorks Food Bank

May 24th, 2012 by Doree

Seattle’s plastic bag ban goes into effect on July 1, and area food banks are worried how it will affect their clients. Low-income families will be able to get paper bags for free, but those are not as easy to carry in the rain or on a bus.

CoolMom is organizing a reusable tote bag drive from now through June 15. All new and used reusable bags will be donated to FamilyWorks Food Bank in Wallingford.

You can drop off bags at the Phinney Neighborhood Center (at the office in the blue building), John Stanford International School, TOPS school, and Bagley Elementary.

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City Fruit fundraiser at Santoro’s Books Thursday night

May 10th, 2011 by Doree

City Fruit, a local organization that provides volunteers to harvest fruit from neighborhood trees and give it to food banks, is having a fundraiser Thursday night at Santoro’s Books, 7405 Greenwood Ave. N.

Amy Pennington, a local cookbook author and gardening expert, will sign her newest book, “Apartment Gardening.”  City Fruit board members will talk about the organization, and a representative from the Greenwood Food Bank, which receives some of the fruit, will talk about feeding people in need.

The event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. is free, but donations will go to support this year’s fruit tree harvest.

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How has economy affected food banks?

April 20th, 2011 by Doree

Our news partners The Seattle Times had a story today about how the economy has been affecting local food banks. Now, a graduate student at the University of Washington contacted us about her own research project on the topic.

Paula Rhyne, a master’s of public administration candidate at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs and a PhinneyWood area resident, has developed an online survey about individual giving patterns as part of her research.

You can take the survey here. It only takes about two minutes.

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