Just in: West Seattle Food Bank needs you, now

Just got e-mail from the West Seattle Food Bank and it’s more important than the other stuff we’re working on to post for you later – so here goes. Preface: Last fall, when you probably didn’t even know we were here (WSB readership now is 10x what it was then, thank you!), readers generously joined in an impromptu campaign to rustle up turkeys for another area food bank, and it felt great to help. Now, the West Seattle Food Bank is putting out the call to WSB readers for immediate help — we’ll do what we can and hope you will too. If you’re too busy to get food and drop it off at WSFB or the donation bins at three local supermarkets (mentioned below), click here to go to their site now and donate $ online (we just did so we’re challenging you to join us; the service handling $ donations takes credit cards or PayPal). Here’s the full text of the WSFB request:

The West Seattle Food Bank is seeking food and cash donations to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry this holiday season.

“There are many of our West Seattle neighbors who need special help,” said Food Bank Executive Director Fran Yeatts, “and unfortunately that’s especially true at this time of year. The West Seattle Food Bank will greatly appreciate anything you can do to help bring cheer to their holidays.”

Individuals and businesses can make holiday meals possible by donating items from the list below. Donations will help the most people by bringing Thanksgiving food donations to the Food Bank by November 17th.

Holiday foods to donate:

* Frozen turkey
* Hams
* Stuffing mix
* Mixed salad greens
* Canned cranberries (whole or sauce)
* Canned gravy
* Yams or sweet potatoes (fresh or canned)
* White potatoes
* Pumpkin or apple pies
* Dinner rolls (frozen or packaged)

Cash donations are always welcomed and will help the Food Bank purchase items that are needed Cash donations can be sent to: West Seattle Food Bank, 3419 SW Morgan Street, Seattle, WA 98126, or donated online at westseattlefoodbank.org. Food donation bins are also located at Metropolitan Market, PCC and West Seattle Thriftway.

“Generous neighbors can make such a difference,” said Yeatts, “and on our clients’ behalf, we thank everyone.”

We’ll remind you about this in the days/weeks ahead, but do what you can now – donate online, get extra food in your next grocery trip, make it a happier holiday season for West Seattle families who are counting on you.

7 Replies to "Just in: West Seattle Food Bank needs you, now"

  • OP October 22, 2007 (12:24 pm)

    WSB: I’m going to forward this article around to the West Seattle-ites here at my office; I’ve encouraged my wife to do the same at her office. I would encourage others to do so as well. Let’s “get ‘er done”….

  • WSB October 22, 2007 (1:27 pm)

    Great idea! Thanks!

  • LyndaB October 22, 2007 (1:50 pm)

    i didn’t know of WSB then but i do now and it’s a welcome portal to our community. thanks for this posting. i’ll pass it on.

  • Pete October 22, 2007 (2:19 pm)

    As the President of the Board of Directors of the West Seattle Food Bank…..a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to you kind folks here at the WSB…..it is very kind of you to devote the space to help us get the word out about this need we have here at the holidays. Thanks to everyone in our West Seattle community that are so generous and kind to our neighbors that need a little help in making ends meet. Thanks again.

  • Chris October 22, 2007 (2:40 pm)

    I have been reading the WSB for many months now. It is one of the best out there. It was great to be able to give something ‘back’. The article on the food bank is one of those things where a person tends to think “well yes I need to give something to the food bank this year..” then forget to do it. Well, you know what? the on-line donation process for WSFB was quick and easy. Thank you for this reminder and for providing for an easy way to support the community.

  • Wes October 22, 2007 (3:45 pm)

    Just a reminder that there is another organization in White Center, that provides food and clothes on tuesday every week at Westwood Christian Assembly on 16th and Cambridge.
    also if you know anyone in the Burien area, there is food and clothes on Sundays at Hope Christian Fellowship on 10th and 152nd.
    Also I believe Tom’s Automotive by the Y helps the WSFB and you can drop off canned goods there.
    We also support WSFB, they were there when we needed them too!

  • herongrrrl October 22, 2007 (5:48 pm)

    If any Alki Elementary School families are reading this, remember that this week’s Harvest Party at the school is also a WS food bank canned food drive, so don’t forget to bring your donation to the party!

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