What West Seattle Food Bank needs before Christmas

(Photo provided by West Seattle Food Bank, as Admiral Co-Op Preschool students celebrate recent donation drive)
By Lauri Hennessey
Reporting for West Seattle Blog

With just over a week to go till Christmas, the West Seattle Food Bank is finding plenty of need in the community, and supplies are dwindling. In fact, the food bank has seen a 27 percent increase in the number of households served over a year ago.

The food bank has also seen an increase in the number of times individual families need the food bank, with a 17 percent increase in the number of times households are coming to the food bank.

Still, Executive Director Fran Yeatts is hopefuly the food bank will continue to weather the storm, to a large degree because of the ongoing generosity of the West Seattle community.

We asked what they need for Christmas – read on for the answer, as the story continues:

“I really want to thank this community,” Yeatts said. “When they see a need, they step up. Most nonprofits are really struggling right now. We are going to be okay, because of this amazing community.”

Yeatts said it is always hard to see the people struggling to make ends meet, but this year is obviously harder than a year ago. Last month, they gave out food 3,000 times. People are more stressed, more worried. She said it is hard on the food bank’s volunteers, too, who help the customers handle inevitably long lines on distribution days, and donations have been low the last couple of months, no surprise given the economic climate. That makes it especially critical for people to support the food bank and other local charitable organizations this season, and into January.

She said West Seattleites who want to help can donate both food and money. She said the food bank always needs protein and fresh produce. This Christmas the food bank will be giving chicken for families that come in. If people donate turkeys or hams, the food bank will find larger families in need and give those items out, too.

You can donate food items through next Monday, and the food can be distributed in time for the holidays. Next week the food bank will distribute food to senior citizens on Monday from 9:30 to 11. The food bank will have general distribution on Tuesday the 22nd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Wednesday the 23rd from 4 to 7 p.m.

After the holiday week, the food bank returns to regular distribution times (Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. for seniors, Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursdays from 10 to 1 for general public.) The food bank is located at the corner of 35th and Morgan in West Seattle (3419 SW Morgan); money can be donated online by going here. You can also call them at 932-9023.

Tomorrow, we will look at the White Center Food Bank, which has also seen a drastic increase in need.

6 Replies to "What West Seattle Food Bank needs before Christmas"

  • Ms Evelyn December 16, 2009 (6:54 pm)

    I plan on donating a Ham or some other major food items to the WS Food Bank this season. My family is one of the lucky ones, this year, but who knows what next year (or the year after…)holds for us. Start a new family tradition by pooling the families loose change for a couple of weeks and buy something to donate to the local foodbank.

  • N.A. Neighbor December 16, 2009 (7:39 pm)

    My son, pictured above, says “please donate food to the food bank!”

    • WSB December 16, 2009 (7:42 pm)

      NA, please tell your son – and his classmates — “Way to go!” I know a lot of schools are working hard on projects to help the community, particularly this time of year, and that’s awesome (hint hint to everyone, be sure to let us know about good deeds when you can so we can give ’em well-deserved shoutouts, editor@westseattleblog.com) – TR

  • helping December 16, 2009 (9:56 pm)

    We were just talking about the food bank tonight and how we could contribute and then read this! It’s great to know we can donate cash through their website online which is what we plan to do.

  • Oliver December 17, 2009 (8:52 am)

    The drop off times are not very convenient for my work schedule (I’ve copied them below for those that can make that work). I called them to ask about alternatives, there are drop off barrels at PCC and what they really need are financial donations which can be made online or mailed. The financial contributions will help them get through January which is a really tough time.
    Thanks to everyone willing to help our neighbors!

    Donation Times
    The West Seattle Food Bank is generally open to accept donations at the following times:
    Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm
    until 7:00pm on Wednesdays
    by appointment.
    Just pull into our parking garage during these hours and come into the Food Bank.

  • Oliver December 18, 2009 (11:26 am)

    Additional Drop Off Locations:
    Countrywide Home Loans
    Westwood Village
    2515 SW Trenton St Suite N103
    Seattle, WA 98126

    Tom’s Automotive
    3616 SW Oregon St
    Seattle, WA 98126

    Metropolitan Market
    2320 42nd Ave SW
    Seattle, WA 98116

    West Seattle Thriftway
    4201 SW Morgan St
    Seattle, WA 98136

    2749 California Ave SW
    Seattle, Wash. 98116

    Washington Federal Savings
    6428 California Ave SW
    Seattle, WA 98136

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