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Seattle Public Library providing free after-school meals for kids at three branches, including Broadview

October 12th, 2017 by Doree

The Seattle Public Library has partnered with Food Lifeline, Boeing and the USDA to provide free after-school meals to any youth aged 18 and under from now until the end of the school year.

Kids Café meals are healthy and kid-friendly. All kids are welcome — no proof of income, address or citizenship is required.

Kids Café is available every weekday:

  • From 3-4 p.m. at the Broadview Library, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.
  • From 2:45-3:30 p.m. at the High Point Library, 3411 S.W. Raymond St.
  • From 3:45 p.m.-4:15 p.m. at the South Park Library, 8604 Eighth Ave. S.

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Free lunches for kids and teens at Broadview and Green Lake libraries this summer

June 26th, 2017 by Doree

Seattle Public Library, United Way of King County and Food Lifeline are bringing free, healthy lunches and snacks to six libraries – including Broadview and Green Lake – for kids 18 and under this summer. The program runs from today (Monday) through Friday, Sept. 1, but is closed on July 4.

The Kids Cafe Summer Meal Program will serve food from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at the Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N.; and from 12:30-1:30 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Aug. 31 at the Green Lake Branch, 7364 E. Green Lake Dr. N.

All kids are welcome — no proof of income, address or citizenship is ever required. Kids Cafe meals are specifically selected to appeal to kids’ notoriously picky palates and to meet their special nutritional guidelines.

Free food is also served at several Seattle Parks and Recreation sites, as we told you about earlier.

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Bartell Drugs hosts food drive for Food Lifeline

May 31st, 2012 by Doree

Bartell Drugs is hosting a food drive for Food Lifeline to help families with children who receive free and reduced-price lunches at school. Summertime means these children may not get enough healthy food at home.

The food drive runs through June 10 at all Bartell Drugs stores, including the Greenwood store at 120 N. 85th St.

Suggested food includes tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit. Other needed items include baby formula, diapers, baby food (boxes or plastic tubs only) and personal care items such as toothpaste, tooth brushes, tissues, shampoo and conditioner, soap and feminine hygiene products.

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Greenwood Food Bank to lose 4,000 pounds of groceries a week when Greenwood Market closes

January 6th, 2012 by Doree

The Greenwood Food Bank collects vegetables, fruit, milk and other groceries from local stores to help feed the hungry. But no local grocery store has consistently given as much as Greenwood Market, which will close in early February to make way for an expanded Fred Meyer.

Patty Leach, program manager for the Greenwood Food Bank, which is run by Volunteers of America, says that Greenwood Market donated 183,911 pounds of food and health care products to Greenwood Food Bank last year.

“The Greenwood Market made an incredible difference in our community, they donated not only nutritious healthy meat, dairy, fruits and vegetables but so many basic need items like laundry soap, personal hygiene items etc,” Leach said in an email. “The community supported the food bank weekly always making sure the food drive barrel was full on the scheduled pick-up day. Volunteers of America would like to express our gratitude to everyone for knowing the need in our community and for all your willingness to make a difference.”

This morning I tagged along as food bank employee Ken Stout picked up his usual load of food from Greenwood Market. Stout said he usually picks up about 1,000 pounds of food on each of his four trips to the store each week.

“They’ve been a very, very generous organization,” Stout said of Town & Country Markets, which also owns Ballard Market, Central Markets in Shoreline, Mill Creek and Poulsbo, and a Town & Country Market on Bainbridge Island.

Today, Stout was greeted with a large rolling cart of fruit and vegetables, another cart of dairy products, a grocery cart full of crackers and other boxed food, and another cart of ground coffee, flour and miscellaneous items. The food bank barrels at the front of the store, where customers can donate, brought in another fully-loaded cart.

The store, and customers, donate not only food but health products such as soap, shampoo and toothpaste. Stout has to weigh all the donations before loading it into the van.

Greenwood Food Bank employee Ken Stout weighs every box of donated groceries.

Today Stout drove away with 944 pounds of food. He expects his 1,000-pound average to be less and less as it gets closer to the store closing date, since they won’t be ordering as much inventory.

A full van of groceries collected from Greenwood Market on Friday, Jan. 6.

The good news is that when Fred Meyer reopens in the late fall with a full grocery section, it will partner with Food Lifeline/Feeding America to donate groceries to Greenwood Food Bank.

“Almost every one of our 132 stores is on this perishable donation program and it results in more than 4 million pounds of food donated to food banks each year. In Western Washington, Food Lifeline agencies receive about 2 million pounds,” Melinda Merrill, Fred Meyer’s Director of Public Affairs, told me in an email.

But there will be a gap of nine or 10 months between the time Greenwood Market closes and Fred Meyer reopens, and the food bank is hoping the community can help out.

“We are working very hard on building new relationships and appreciate this opportunity to get the word out that if our local businesses and churches would like to host a food/fund bin during this transition time we would greatly appreciate their help,” Leach said. “We currently have a food bank donation bin located in the Greenwood Safeway for the community. For every dollar used to support the food bank last year we were able to provide 3 meals. We are always grateful for the opportunity when folks hosts food and fund drives for the food bank! To learn more and stay informed join us at our Community Volunteer Night the 2nd Friday of the month from 6pm-8pm or the 4th Saturday of the month from 9am-11am.”

The Greenwood Food Bank is located at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N.

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Food Lifeline needs help sorting donations for food banks like Greenwood’s

July 26th, 2011 by Doree

Food Lifeline’s Shoreline warehouse needs individuals and families to help sort and label donations headed to food banks, including theVolunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank at 9041 Greenwood Ave. N.

During a 2-3 hour volunteer session we can process 1,000’s of pounds of nutritious food for those in need. We work with over 9,000 volunteers each year from every neighborhood in Seattle!

New Save the Day opportunities are posted weekly at www.FoodLifeline.org and are often evenings or Saturdays. Children as young as 6 are welcome to attend unless otherwise noted. Online registration is required. For safety, please no drop-ins. Sign-up here to be emailed when new sessions are posted. All sessions are at our Shoreline Volunteer Repack Center at 1702 NE 150th St, Shoreline, WA 98155.

Our projects change from week to week, but we always find something great and rewarding for you to work on, be it labeling packaged products, inspecting and sorting food donations, or repackaging bulk donated products. Regardless, it’s always fun and gets thousands of pounds of food out to those that need it.

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