We have launched a monthly drive program that anyone can do on their own time!
There are certain items we are looking to have donated during particular months. In light of the cold weather our focus for February is canned soups and stews, adult long underwear and hygiene supplies. Hygiene supplies include: razors, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, sanitary pads, tampons, condoms, toilet paper. Thank you for your consideration!
Important: Please call FamilyWorks at 206-694-6727 to make sure there is a staff person available to accept donations. Donations can only be dropped off during our hours of operation.
The FamilyWorks Food Bank is dedicated to providing fresh, healthy groceries to people and families in our community. This can be a lifeline for individuals who have limited resources available each month and need a hand in making their paycheck stretch a little further. Such was the experience of Caroline, a CNA caregiver and FamilyWorks customer.
Caroline’s finances recently took a one-two punch when both the elderly client she was caring for went to a nursing home and her savings had to be put toward a costly car repair. Caroline recently shared her story with us:
“A few months ago I lost almost 60% of my income and am trying to stay afloat paying my bills. I finally realized that buying food was the last thing on my mind. I ate all that I had in my apartment and had reached the end of my rope. While reading a book from the library it was brought to my attention that food banks existed, so I went back to the library and did some research and found FamilyWorks Food Bank. I am so thankful because without this resource I would have nothing to eat because at the end of every paycheck the last thing on my mind is food because it takes all I have to keep a roof over my head.”
Caroline loves working with people and lending a helping hand, so while she is looking for more work she is also helping us by volunteering every Friday at the Food Bank!
Like many in our community Caroline’s story in not unique. Fortunately, like Caroline, customers of FamilyWorks can find nourishment at our Food Bank and gain access to vital resources at our Family Resource Center. Both sets of services help these individuals and families get back on their feet and weather difficult seasons.
During this holiday season please consider making a donation to FamilyWorks and join with us in cultivating a more vibrant and resilient community for everyone.
Make an online donation to FamilyWorks today.
Food Bank Manager Extraordinaire, Ava Dowell and some of the awesome employees of EVO
We have the good fortune to have EVO, a neighborhood partner specializing in ski and snowboard equipment, helping out this week in our food bank. We are excited to be partnering with such a civic-minded and socially conscious organization!
By David Tate
The best turkey I’ve ever had. -Ken-
The Nickerson Street Saloon And Grill hosted a wonderful thanksgiving day feast for our customers at FamilyWorks. Chris Martino, owner of Martino’s Smoked Meats, served smoked turkey breast, home style mashed potatoes and gravy, savory dressing and sauted green beans for lunch…..delicious!
Special thanks from FamilyWorks to Chris Gerke, owner of the Nickerson, and to all of his staff who volunteered to help make the day a success.
-By David Tate-
For many in our community the holidays can be an especially difficult time. At FamilyWorks we feel fortunate that every year we are able to give special holiday food to the many families and individuals who depend on us. We’re able to offer these item because of the generous donations of our donors and community members.
If you would like to donate holiday food to a family in need this season, staff & community volunteers will be accepting donations at FamilyWorks through Tuesday, December 23.
- Frozen turkeys
- Canned green beans, peas and corn
- Gravy mix
- Cranberry sauce
- Pumpkin pie mix
- Evaporated milk
- Boxed mashed potato flakes
Holiday food donations will be accepted at FamilyWorks during our normal business hours, which are:
- Monday – 9:30am – 12pm
- Tuesday – 9:30am – 5pm
- Wednesday – 9:30am – 5pm
- Thursday – 9:30am – 5pm
- Friday – 9:30am – 1pm
Thank you for helping to make this a wonderful holiday season for all.
We are so excited for the upcoming FamilyWorks 2013 Dinner & Silent Auction on October 20th at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom! The dinner will feature Representative Ruth Kagi as the Keynote Speaker, accompanied by delicious food, a wine grab and a balloon pop. There will be a diverse selection of auction items that would make great holiday gifts for loved ones. There is still time to purchase tickets for this exciting autumn event – hope to see you there!
FamilyWorks welcomed Representative Ruth Kagi on Friday, October 4, 2013 for a visit and tour. Kagi is the Keynote Speaker at the FamilyWorks 2013 Dinner & Silent Auction on Representing the 32nd district, Kagi is a longtime advocate for children and families. She currently serves as chair of the Early Learning and Children’s Services Committee and is pushing for quality child care funding for children ages 1 – 5. Early learning is essential for child development and kindergarten readiness and in the struggle to eliminate the achievement gap.
During Kagi’s visit, Director Jake Weber and other staff provided an informational tour of the resource center and food bank and discussed the important intersections between family support centers and early learning policies. Ruth told staff about the Seattle City Council’s recent decision to increase funding for the Nurse-Family Partnership initiative, which is a home visiting program to support child health and development in the first two years of life.
The FamilyWorks 2013 Dinner will focus on themes of resiliency and community, which Kagi will expand on. “This committee’s work is more important than ever, because of the toll the Great Recession has had on Washington’s children and families,” Kagi said. “Child poverty has increased, sadly, and there is greater strain on our safety net after several rounds of state budget cuts. It’s time to recognize the devastating effect the recession and budget cuts have had on our families, schools, and communities.” Kagi’s work is vital to rebuilding community support and empowering families.
Looking forward to sharing in dinner, fun and meaningful conversation with everyone this Sunday!
Written by Leah Knopf – FamilyWorks Intern
The following was written by a customer of the FamilyWorks’ Foodbank.
Organic Vegetables at the FW Foodbank
FamilyWorks has supported me by providing a weekly supplement to the food I eat. At the foodbank there are always a few types of raw vegetables or fruit, and sometimes these are organic. I’ve been sick with a little-understood but increasingly prevalent condition called Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT), also known as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. I’ve already had to leave one job because of fragrance problems. In trying to improve my resilience to the many sources of chemical exposure in daily life, pesticide-free produce is particularly helpful.
Although I have a job, I have a lot of health-related expenses not covered by insurance. Every dollar I can save on food is a dollar I can spend on paying an electric bill, a utility bill, or health provider bills. On a limited income, every little bit saved reduces economic stress, and stress impacts health.
Food Bank Staff and Volunteers
I’ve always felt at the Family Works foodbank that I’ve been received with respect. Never have I felt humiliated to be in a foodbank line, even though I never imagined I’d have to stand in one. These are challenging economic times for a lot of people, and I like that the foodbank is open to everyone. I don’t have to prove that I’m needy and deprived in order to receive services. This allows me dignity in a tough situation. A huge thank you to Family Works for being an important part of making a healthier, more inclusive community for all of us.
Ellie (last name withheld on request)