Update: Local food banks get more help (and still need more!)

Tonight we’re at the Delridge Neighborhoods District Council‘s monthly meeting, chaired by Pete Spalding of Pigeon Point, who also leads the West Seattle Food Bank board – he has mentioned the success of last weekend’s various fundraisers for WSFB (including the Beer Church, CoolMom.org, and Rocksport events) in tandem with the relentless ongoing increase in demand for WSFB help. We have a few more to mention: This Saturday, 8 pm-midnight at Kenyon Hall, a community dance with Rick Berinato and the Paperback Riders will benefit WSFB ($20 donation suggested). Also, we’ve received word that the 18th annual food drive at Java Bean Coffeehouse on Avalon is under way, continuing through this Sunday; bring nonperishable foods to drop off – preferably “Thanksgiving-type food,” according to the flyer (which you can see here) – the food’s going to Northwest Harvest, which supplies various area food banks. One more note: We have been reporting on partner site White Center Now about the multi-ton potato donation that’s just arrived at the White Center Food Bank; see today’s video coverage here – here’s a photo of WCFB executive director Rick Jump, Blaine Hirai from the donating farm (Hirai Farms in the Moses Lake area), and 11th District State Rep. Bob Hasegawa (whose district includes part of White Center) with some of the potato sacks:

You can donate $ online to both local food banks, any time – WSFB’s site is here; WCFB’s site is here. ADDED 9:30 PM: Celeste e-mailed us (thank you!) to say that Jefferson Square Safeway is still promoting “buy a turkey for $5 to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank,” so check that out when you grocery-shop.

2 Replies to "Update: Local food banks get more help (and still need more!)"

  • Gina November 21, 2008 (2:28 pm)

    Just returned from Jefferson Square Safeway 11/21/08. One checker had not heard of food bank turkey promotion, they asked someone else, said promotion had ended quite awhile ago. Looks like donations will need to be made directly to the food bank!

  • WSB November 21, 2008 (2:39 pm)

    Sorry to have forwarded bad info, then. There are more food drives under way right now: Java Bean and C and P Coffee are both collecting food (C and P is collecting diapers too) – those will be mentioned again in an upcoming home-page post about some holiday updates – and there is a Food Bank benefit dance tomorrow night at Kenyon Hall (see the Weekend Lineup) – or as Gina mentions, direct donations are great too – see the links in the post above.

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