Since 2009, a diverse and interconnected group of local partners has been working together to help ensure that everyone in our community has access to enough nourishing food.
Ordinary people who rolled up their sleeves and said, “Yes, count me in" and who, working collaboratively through their schools, churches, PTAs, businesses and service organizations, are helping fill the hunger gaps. In big and small ways we continue to harness the power of community, and share ideas and talents. Relationships are forged and bonds are strengthened as we help transform how we care for each other.
Our drop-in meetings are suspended for now. For more information about our Network please continue reading or contact Sue.
Thank you, and stay safe.
Some local food banks on our list may not be operating on their regular schedule right now and are instead offering their clients pre-packed bags of groceries for drive-up/curb-side pick up. Many community meal providers have suspended their sit-down meal programs, and if they're open at all have switched to providing bagged meals-to-go. If you need these resources please call the provider(s) ahead of time to check. To avoid having to make multiple calls, here's what we know thus far:
* The Woodinville Storehouse Foodbank (located at 17110 140th Ave NE, Woodinville) is offering its clients pre-filled bags of groceries during its normal operating hours: donations are much appreciated;
* Update (April 8): Many Northshore families do not have access to transportation right now so can't get to food banks to get food. Plans are afoot for the Y's Totes program to switch from a pick up model to a home delivery model. To learn more, please contact Tammy Weenink at firstname.lastname@example.org;
* The Northshore Senior Center is offering lunches to-go for seniors every day from 11.45 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. Call the day-of to pre-order. A donation of $4 is requested but not required. Can't get to the Center? Call 425 487 2441 by 11.00 a.m. the day-of and they will connect with their Transportation Department to make the necessary arrangments;
* The Northshore Senior Center in Bothell has a pop-up food pantry. Due to a huge increase in demand and to best meet the needs of the community, please note the following changes to the pantry operating hours: Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. the pantry is open for seniors and individuals with disabilities. From 1.00 - 2.00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays the pantry is open to anyone who needs it but this is entirely dependent on supplies being available. Special note: the pantry is running low on all the typical pantry staples so donations are most welcome and much appreciated. Contact Corey Lowell (Director of Senior Centers) at email@example.com for details;
* The Northshore School District has several meal options for students and adults. Go to https://www.nsd.org/northshorelearns/meals for details. For information about signing up to volunteer to help, go to https://form.jotform.com/200644839468162
* Bothell Community Kitchen @ Bothell United Methodist Church has suspended its regular Sunday dinners until further notice. If you'd like to pre-order a ready-to-eat Sunday meal packed to-go, please call 425-486-7132 on or before Sundays at noon for pick up instructions;
* 'Open Kitchen' at Redmond UMC (16540 NE 80th St, Redmond) is offering pre-packed dinners to-go from 5.00 - 6.00 p.m. every Wednesday;
* Kenmore Community Church dinners are suspended until further notice;
* St Brendan's (Bothell) Thursday dinners are suspended until further notice;
* POPy's Cafe at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Shoreline is currently on hiatus;
* Bethesda Lutheran Church (Mountlake Terrace) meals are on hiatus right now;
* Northlake Christian Church is no longer offering Thursday dinners;
* Hopelink's Mobile Food Market operations are suspended as of March 18, however all their brick and mortar food banks are offering pre-boxed groceries to clients. For days and times go to https://www.hopelink.org/hopelink-coronavirus-response-update
* Hopelink has created an easy 1-2-3 guide to packing an emergency food box for a neighbor. For details, go to https://www.hopelink.org/sites/default/files/emergency-food-box-infographic-01-01-min.jpg
* (Update April 6): Canyon Hills Community Church is offering a drive-thru foodbank on Tuesdays from 11.30 a.m.- 1.30 p.m., and 5.30 p.m.- 7.30 p.m. Anyone who needs a bag of food is welcome. Donations of non-perishable food are most welcome during these same hours.
I'll continue to update this info. as I receive it.
You all know about the impact the COVID-19 virus has had on cafes, restaurants, and other gathering places that have closed their doors to sit-down customers and switched to take-out and/or delivery options, and the subseqent effect this has had on staffing. Here in our neck of the woods, the Woodinville wine community has opened a free food pantry for restaurant workers, tasting room staff, and musicians who are ineligible for traditional food bank resources. Find information at https://indd.adobe.com/view/952a2b16-7203-4f42-a8a8-70a2eb605630
A number of lunch box and catering companies are looking for opportunities to help keep their employees working while helping feed the community. One, Ingallina's Box Lunch https://www.ingallina.net/wa/has reached out to our Network offering to give (and receive) help. Joyce Matson, COO, says that they'll do their best to "work with ANY budget." The meal programs in our Network rely on donations and work within limited budgets, but if you'd like to consider providing a one-time meal for say, Camp Unity Eastside, or to supplement an existing program, contact Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about what you can do together.
(New: April 8). Access to good healthy produce is a challenge for a lot of people, and that's where Farms for Life (FFL) comes in. FFL, a local (Woodinville/Redmond) non-profit, works to support our local farmers by purchasing their surplus produce and donating this bounty to a number of community agencies that provide essential food services to our neighbors who need them. Farms have been critically impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, so FFL has set up an Emergency Grant Relief fund to help their partner farms, almost all of which are family owned and operated. For information about FFL and their Emergency Grant Relief fund, go to https://www.farmsforlife.org
In Northshore we share what we know and give our time to help weave a bigger and stronger net to help fill the gaps that often leave people hungry. Whether via email, social media, or in person, we welcome everyone who's interested in contributing their time, talent, and energy.
Here are some of the programs currently in place:
www.frac.org has lots of timely information about hunger and poverty, action items, programs, research and data.
northwestharvest.org is right in our own backyard, leading the fight for hungry people in Washington to have access to nutritious food while preserving their dignity and promoting good health.
Our neighbors to the north have a wealth of resources, particularly at Community Food Centres of Canada at www.cfccanada.ca Understanding the issues and reading inspirational stories about people and programs are just two of the features you'll find on this site.
"Feeding the Whole Family: Cooking with Whole Foods: More than 200 Recipes for Feeding Babies, Young Children, and their Parents" by Cynthia Lair;
"Pass the Polenta: And Other Writings from the Kitchen - With Recipes" by Teresa Lust;
"Mexican Everyday" by Rick Bayless
"Eat Well on $4 a Day: Good and Cheap" by Leanne Brown. Here's the link to the downloadable pdf (English) https://books.leannebrown.com/good-and-cheap.pdf
In Spanish, click on https://books.leannebrown.com/bueno-y-barato.pdf
Another great resource is at https://wasnap-ed.org/resources/recipes/a-bite-of-snap-ed/
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Meeting Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020 (tentative)
Time: 10-11 a.m. (Drop in any time during this hour)
Location: The Rooster Cafe & Bakery, 16507 140th Place NE, Woodinville, 98072
Convener: Sue Freeman