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Big News at The White Center Food Bank Send to Friend
By: Leah  -  4/7/2014
The White Center Food Bank is excited to announce that we have acquired extra space to help serve our clients better. The new space is conveniently located right next door to our current location and is being used as extra warehouse storage and a larger Baby Pantry. In the past our Baby Pantry was located in a small office with a walk-up window where clients could pick up needed baby items. There was very little room for the volunteers to move around and there was no shelter for clients while waiting. Our new Baby Pantry has a covered seating area outside and clients pick up needed items inside the building. The new Baby Pantry is set to provide a smoother flow and allows clients to see what items are available. The Baby Pantry serves an average of 700 families per month. With this added space we are able to keep more items in stock. Since opening the new Baby Pantry clients have expressed their gratitude for having a warmer, more inviting place for receiving much needed items. One client in particular told us “this is the only place I go to receive help where I don’t feel like I am being judged.” We would like to thank Westside Baby and all of our volunteers and donors who help us continue to serve these families. The new extra warehouse space is located right next to the Baby Pantry. This added space will allow us to accept more food donations that in the past we have often had to turn down due to lack of adequate storage space. For the first time we are renting space. We currently own the building that houses the Food Bank. Any donations that can help us offset the cost of this rent and help us continue to serve our community is greatly appreciated.

Client Story Send to Friend
By: Leah  -  4/6/2014
A woman came to get emergency food. She said she had not been eating. She was filling out the form for an Emergency Food Program emergency bag and said she felt faint. We invited her into the lobby and got her some quick snacks from an Emergency Feeding Program snack pack. She took out the peanut butter cracker package and gave it to her two year old son. His eyes lit up. He was so hungry he started ripping into the plastic with his teeth. Once she had eaten a little something and had a few sips of water, she relaxed and the tears flowed. She shared that she had not eaten all day and neither had her kids. When she went to drop her six year old son off at school, the staff noticed she was not looking good and asked if everything was alright. She said she was not feeling well. She said she felt ashamed to tell them she did not have any food. She said she finally decided that she was not going to sit around another half hour being hungry and came to the food bank for help. She said even that was hard. She is not a regular client and does not qualify for food stamps. She said she was usually okay but going through a hardship right now. These are the stories that keep us motivated to do what we do.

Feinstein Challange Send to Friend
By: Leah  -  3/7/2014
The yearly Feinstein Challenge began March 1st and again this year White Center Food Bank is a participant. Many of our readers will already have received a letter detailing how the program works. The Feinstein Foundation contributes to each participating food bank a "stretch" for each donation we receive between March and April 2014. Founded by Shawn Allen Feinstein of Rhode Island in 1996, the Foundation works each year with over 3,000 food banks nationwide to distribute $1 million dollars.In all, Mr. Feinstein has donated over $1.25 billion dollars to hunger organizations throughout the United States since this program began. Thank you for considering WCFB is your spring donations - every amount helps!

Giving Made Easy Send to Friend
By: Leah  -  2/25/2014
The White Center Food Bank is so grateful for all of the generosity from our community! We have compiled a list of ways to make it even easier for all of you wonderful people to keep on giving! First off let's talk about the Food Driving Boxes. This is a simple way to collect food while grocery shopping. Simply keep one of these boxes in your car and each time you go grocery shopping pick up an item or two until the box is full and drop it off with us. Read this article for inspiration. /www.bartelldrugs.com/b-caring-card Our Milk Money project is one more way to make it easy to provide our clients with fresh milk. Each pint sized "milk bank" container is just the right size for your pocket change, trick or treating with the kids, a youth group or classroom project - the possibilities are endless. All funds collected in the milk banks will be used to keep fresh milk available for our clients; milk is not an item that is donated so we must purchase it. Last, but not least! Volunteering your time is a great way to support the Food Bank! If you are interested please contact Audrey Zemke, Operations Manager at (206) 762-2848 or audrey@whitecenterfoodbank.org

Big News at The White Center Food Bank Send to Friend
By: Leah  -  2/18/2014
To help us better serve our clients we have acquired 1,830 square feet of new space in the building next door to our current location! The new space is split into two separate areas. Our Baby Pantry will be moving to one area to give us much more space for serving many more families in need of baby supplies. The other area will be used as a warehouse to allow us to accept larger donations that in the past we have had to turn away due to lack of space. This is great news for our clients and our community donors! Stay tuned for photos and updates of the build out!

White Center 5K Walk/Run Send to Friend
By: Leah  -  1/28/2014
The White Center Community Development Association (CDA) is partnering with the YES Foundation of White Center and the White Center Food Bank to host the second annual White Center 5K Walk & Run. This community event will take place on March 22, 2014 from 9:00am to 11:00am at White Center Heights Park. The theme of this year’s 5K is a Superhero Run, all participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superheroes. The 5K has an official start time of 9:00 am, with registration beginning at 8:00 am. Following the completion of the race there will be an award ceremony to recognize the fastest runners. The cost of participation is $25 for people aged 11 through 18, $30 for people between the ages of 11 and 54, $25 for those aged 55 and up, and free for children 10 years of age and younger. All proceeds from the event will benefit the White Center CDA, the YES Foundation of White Center, and the White Center Food Bank. Almost 400 people participated in 2013 and similar numbers of participants are expected to walk and run at this year’s event. “I can’t wait for this year’s race,” says Tony Vo of the WC5K planning committee. “It was amazing seeing how everyone came together last year and our second 5K will connect this community even more with the addition of the White Center Food Bank.” In addition to a free White Center 5K T-shirt, this event will provide attendees with free DubSea drip Coffee and a light breakfast. Also on site there will be music and informational booths from local organizations including Hope Heart Institute, Child Care Resources, United Health Care, and the three partnering organizations. Following the race, 5K attendees can receive discounts at participating local businesses if they wear their White Center 5K T-shirt. Those interested in attending can sign up by visiting the White Center 5K registration page at www.whitecenter5k.brownpapertickets.com or visit www.facebook.com/WhiteCenter5kWalkRun for more information. For more information please contact Tony Vo at Whitecenter5k@gmail.com
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