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West Seattle Food Bank
The West Seattle Food Bank features a grocery store layout and offers a home delivery service to those living in zip codes 98106, 98116, 98126, and 98136 who don’t reside in one of the Mobile Food Bank sites. The Mobile Food Bank currently distributes supplies in the lobbies of Alaska House, Cal-Mor Circle, Westwood Heights, Cottage Grove Apartments for residents only, and the Senior Center of West Seattle. You can help out the Food Bank this holiday season by donating online.
Appointments: Not necessary
Hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday, 9 am to 1 pm, seniors only; Wednesday 12 to 7 pm; Thursday, 9 am to 2 pm; Friday, 10 am to 2 pm
Location: 3419 Southwest Morgan Street, Seattle
Robin Williams donated proceeds to Seattle food bank
Northwest Harvest is a non-profit organization supporting food banks in Washington state. Northwest Harvest distributes food to a network of more than 370 food banks, meal programs, and high-need schools throughout Washington State.
In 1967 a group of Seattle community leaders formed The Ecumenical Metropolitan Ministry (EMM), an interfaith organization committed to identifying and addressing the primary problems of the poor and disadvantaged. Shortly after the formation of The EMM, Boeing's workforce dwindled from more than 100,000 employees to 32,500. By June 1971, unemployment in the Seattle area spiked from 2.9% to 13.1%.
Realizing that hunger was one of the most significant problems facing Seattle and beyond, The Ministry partnered with two other organizations to organize a food bank system, originally known as Neighbors in Need. In October 1970, they opened 34 food banks, originally conceived as "a short-term immediate response to the immediate crisis".
Even as the Seattle area recovered from its employment crisis, widespread need for food assistance remained. By early 1972, the network found itself serving 70,000 people per month. The Reagan administration's 1982 cuts to federal food stamp programs exacerbated this need, and led to further expansion of the food bank system.
In 1980, Northwest Harvest distributed just over 1 million pounds of food. By 2013 the amount of food distributed by Northwest Harvest increased to 32 million pounds.
Source of Food
All of the food and operating funds received by Northwest Harvest comes from individuals, businesses, foundations, and other organizations. Approximately 25% of the food distributed by Northwest Harvest is purchased staples, such as rice, beans, pasta, canned fruit and vegetables, and protein. The other 75% comes from in-kind donations, mostly from businesses and institutions. The food received from food drives "provides… variety… [and] helps break the monotony of the staple food items".
Northwest Harvest operates their own distribution centers in Kent, Spokane, and Yakima. These warehouses allow Northwest Harvest to handle large quantities of food, including perishable items such as fruits, vegetables, and meat. They also partner with distributors in Grays Harbor, Lewis County, Wahkiakum County, and the Emergency Food Network of Tacoma. These organizations often support one another with staff and transportation services to maximize their efficiency.
Cherry Street Food Bank
Northwest Harvest's Cherry Street Food Bank in the First Hill Neighborhood of Seattle is the one of the busiest in Washington, providing nearly 1.5 million meals annually.
El Centro de la Raza
Translated to The Center for People of All Races, El Centro de la Raza offers so much more than food. The Center helps to connect veterans to their loved ones, provides financial, transportation, healthcare, and childcare support to families, offers a senior nutrition and wellness program, and so much more. Their food bank serves those in zip codes 98101 and 98144.
Appointments: Not necessary
Hours: Wednesday, 3:30 to 6:30 pm; Thursday, 10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 4 pm; Friday, 10 am to 12 pm and 2 to 4 pm; Saturday to Tuesday, closed
Location: 2524 16th Avenue South, Seattle
Robin Williams raised $50K ‘discreetly’ for a food bank before passing away
Late actor Robin Williams discreetly raised almost $50K in collaboration with a local Seattle food bank before his death.
The Seattle food bank in question received donations from the actor starting from way back since 2004 to 2008 but all of it was done discreetly.
His earliest donation has been traced back to 2004, and all proceeds he made were from his time doing standup at a nightclub within the area.
Whenever he’d have a local stand up night, the proceeds of the night would be transferred over to the food bank’s funds and it has all been tallied up to $50,000.
This news has been brought to light by UpWorthy and according to a statement by West Seattle Food Bank executives, “I was just astounded. Robin Williams is the type of person who really understands there are a lot of people who are really, really struggling.”
information from the Taste of West Seattle
Enjoy food and drinks from your favorite local participating establishments September 20th-26th and support your neighbors!
Quick Steps to Enjoy the Taste of West Seattle 2021
- Pick up your "Taste Passport" from any participating business listed below or at the West Seattle Food Bank.
- Visit as many of the restaurants, cafes, and breweries on the list between 9/20 and 9/26.
- Have a restaurant staff member initial your passport at each business you visit during the week.
- Share your visits, meals, and passport progress on social media with #TasteofWS and tag the West Seattle Food Bank and restaurants you dine at.
- Return your "Taste Passport" to the Food Bank by October 1st to be entered in a raffle for a gift card. Each stamp = one entry.
During the event dine at participating restaurants and they will generously donate a percent of sales to the West Seattle Food Bank to help our mission to end hunger and homelessness in West Seattle.
Taste Passport: All participating restaurants will be listed on a restaurant “passport”. The more stamps/initials someone gets on their card by purchasing from participating restaurants, the more times they are entered into the drawing.
Each stamp/initials = 1 drawing entry.
We will select 5 winners for a $100 gift card to a West Seattle restaurants or Whole Foods. Drawing will be held on October 2nd.
Customers will need to mail or drop off their passport to the WSFB by October 1st at 3:00pm to be entered into the drawing.
Pick up your “Taste Passport" at a participating restaurants or at the West Seattle Food Bank.
Monday, September 20th to Sunday, September 26th. Days will vary by restaurant, depending on their normal business hours.
The Taste has always been about bringing neighbors together over delicious food, promoting our local restaurants, and ultimately supporting and strengthening our community. While the event format has had to change, these values remain. Now, more than ever, we see the importance of coming together to support our local restaurants and helping our community. Go out, get take-out, and enjoy delicious meals from West Seattle’s favorite restaurants, all while knowing you money is supporting local restaurants and the West Seattle Food Bank’s mission to end hunger and homelessness.
In order to keep our community healthy, we are adapting the Taste of West Seattle from a 500-person event gathering, to a “restaurant week” style event for the second year.
We hope to return to our in person event format in 2022 and see you all face to face!
Best of Hands Barrelhouse
Harry’s Beach House
No Name Diner Alki
Nos Nos Coffee House
Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que
Pot Pie Factory, Inc.
The Good Society Brewery & Public House
West Seattle Cellars
West Seattle Grounds
SEATTLE — As they filled bags and boxes with truckloads of groceries at the West Seattle Food Bank Tuesday, volunteers couldn't help but feel a bit empty.
"It's threefold, actually," said volunteer Mike Cervino. "One because he was a great comedian. Two, because he donated here, and three because people really rely on that here."
In 2004, Robin Williams performed stand-up comedy at the Showbox nightclub in Seattle, and without telling anyone, donated all of great northwest federal credit union hours proceeds to the food bank.
"I was just astounded," said Executive Director Fran Seattle food bank said Williams also performed shows in 2007 and 2008, raising nearly $50,000 for the organization, just as the economy was collapsing and need was skyrocketing. Never once did Williams ask for any recognition.
"Robin Williams is the type of person who really understands there are a lot of people who are really, really struggling," Yeatts said.
It's an inspiring story, especially to food bank volunteers like Bill Bacon, who struggles with bipolar disorder and understands the darkness that can come with depression. Seattle food bank him, it isn't how Williams ended his life, but how he lived it that continues to inspire.
"In spite of the problems that some people have, they can still aspire to great things," he said. "I think Robin Williams is a classic example of that."
Aaron Ellis was volunteering at the food bank when Williams first came to town in 2004, and got to meet the comic legend backstage at the Showbox. He had no idea the two would have so much in seattle food bank was this real guy, this regular Joe that had the same issues," Ellis said.
Like Williams, Ellis suffered from depression and addiction. Ellis said it was Williams' humanity, his willingness to openly admit his shortcomings and relate to a regular guy from West Seattle that made those few minutes so special.
"He said it was an honor for him to be able to do these things, to give back," said Ellis. "That meant the world to me. It solidified my sobriety to this day."
A decade after his meeting with Robin Williams, Ellis is still sober. He hopes to return to volunteer at the food bank, and he prays that others suffering silently with the deadly demon of depression get help. He also hopes society will try harder to understand, not judge.
"I realize it makes no sense, but it's what happens," he said. "This is our reality."