Holiday hunger-fighting: Who’s given, and how you can give too

This morning, Mayor McGinn put out a call for Seattleites to donate food, money, and time to their local food banks. People in our area are already answering that call – here are updates we’ve collected in the past few days:

STUDENTS COLLECT TURKEY MONEY: Sharon from Union Gospel Mission shares the photo of Our Lady of Guadalupe School students Alex and Hope, who she says stood outside West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) for two hours last weekend and raised $274.39 to buy turkeys for UGM, inspired by a news report. She quotes Alex, 12, as saying: “Homeless people who come here for a meal is a blessing. I have food to last me through the night but homeless people don’t. And a meal helps them stay healthy and have a fuller stomach then they would otherwise,” and Hope, 13, as saying: “Food is important. Being homeless is hard. Some people starve to death. I wanted to make a difference. It feels good.”

CLINICS’ FOOD-DRIVE WRAPUP: You might recall our reports on Sound Physical Therapy organizing a food drive as a “competition” involving 9 PT clinics in the area, in honor of National Physical Therapy Month in October. Sound PT sent word that together, the participating clinics (all listed here) collected 1,500 pounds of food for the West Seattle Food Bank – three-quarters of a ton!

LAFARGE FOOD DRIVE, HAPPENING NOW: Lashanna at Lafarge sends a reminder of their monthlong drive – and an invitation for you to participate:

Just a community reminder that Lafarge needs your help with our annual food drive to benefit Northwest Harvest! Please drop off food at 5400 W. Marginal Way SW – there is a donation box right by the staircase and fountain!!!

WE(st) Seattle puts the “we” in community – we found the hummmmm ……. we built a park….. we can feed those in need too! Please donate today.

PRE-THANKSGIVING ‘FOODRAISER’ DANCE CLASS AHEAD: Jenna at Gildenfire is organizing this kids’ class for next Tuesday (November 20):

Next Tuesday I am going to teach a free-with-2-cans-of-food dance class for ages 2-4 with parent or caregiver to benefit the West Seattle Food Bank. The class will be 10:45 on Tuesday morning at Highland Park Improvement Club and is open to residents of West Seattle and White Center. The class is Creative Movement. We will do a Brain Dance Warm-Up, play some dance games like Freeze Dance and Underwater Adventure, do a Dancing Story and end with an amazing obstacle course and open play time for kids to practice their hula-hooping, somersaulting, mini-trampoline, ball skills and free dancing with scarves.

HOW TO HELP LOCAL FOOD BANKS DIRECTLY: Two days ago, we published the Thanksgiving-season needs lists for the WS Food Bank and for the White Center Food Bank. While the needs range beyond holiday turkeys, if you’re interested in giving those, there are special dropoff hours at WS Food Bank (35th and Morgan) this Saturday and at Fauntleroy UCC (9140 California SW) on behalf of WC Food Bank this Sunday. All the details are in the earlier reports:
—WS Food Bank here
—WC Food Bank here

5 Replies to "Holiday hunger-fighting: Who's given, and how you can give too"

  • miws November 15, 2012 (11:56 am)

    Huge thanks to everyone involved in and donating to these food drives, but especially to these two young ladies for standing outside for two hours and braving the elements!



  • Victoria Lopez November 15, 2012 (3:46 pm)

    It’s nice to see children these days actually making a difference in their communities. Thanks ladies! And I’m grateful for this service because without it my family would be hungry. I’m trying to support my grandparents and mother (all of which have medical issues) as well as working and going to school. It’s hard to afford food for 4 people on a very small budget. My priorities are my family eats first THEN me. Thanks for sharing this story!

  • SudsyMaggie November 15, 2012 (7:19 pm)

    I’m a weekly volunteer at my local Vashon Maury Island Community Food Bank. We did our Thanksgiving dinner distribution last night – 83 households served! I just wanted to plug my buddies Kim & Kendall + Beer Church upcoming event – the 14th annual Turkey Bowl food drive & fundraiser benefitting the West Seattle Food Bank is this Saturday (11/17) starting at 6pm at West Seattle Bowl. Stop in to watch the fun, stay for a beer, and/or bring by a donation if you can! For more info on Beer Church:


    • WSB November 15, 2012 (7:26 pm)

      Thanks, Maggie. That’s in the West Seattle Food Bank update nested within this one but we’ll be shouting it out again tomorrow. We need to re-mention the free turkeys that Eastridge is giving out on Saturday morning, too …

  • elisaid November 16, 2012 (9:53 am)

    @sudsyMaggie, I was just about to plug Beer Church’s Turkey Bowl myself but you beat me to it. My partner is bowling with one of the teams so I will definitely be there!

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