Monthly Archives: April 2009

Need a Car Seat? Have a Car Seat? Need a Bike Helmet?

In addition to our wish list, check this out:

Families are invited to the Safe and Sound and Green Event on April 29, 2009, from 9am – 1pm at IKEA in Renton. Organizations throughout King County have partnered to help families be safe and environmentally responsible.  Certified passenger safety technicians will be on hand to:

– Provide FREE car seat inspections for correct installation and proper fit.

– Collect, inspect and prepare gently used car seats for redistribution to families in need.

– Collect unusable car seats and send them to a facility in OR where 90% of the material will be recycled.

– Sell low cost, custom fit bicycle helmets.

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Fifth Graders Rock

5thgraders_042309_002-13_ad_cropTwo fifth grade classes from Meridian School receive recognition for their service at the FamilyWorks Food Bank this year. Throughout the year on Wednesdays, the fifth grade classes would alternately work in the food bank sorting and packing food products. On Friday, during Meridian’s Service Day (and FamilyWorks Volunteer Appreciation Week), the students helped to distribute food to the customers and see the food bank in action. Congratulations to teachers, Mr. Moore and Mrs. Ward, and thank you to all the Meridian students!

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Chicken a la Carte

Thanks to John Piedre for sending this our way. We think it speaks for itself – please watch.

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Mayor Nickels Visits FamilyWorks Food Bank!

p40435661The mayor does neighborhood walks monthly. April was Wallingford’s turn, and Nickels stopped to check out the FamilyWorks Food Bank!

Left: Mrs. Nickels, FamilyWorks Board Member Cathy Sanders, Mayor Nickels, and Food Bank Manager Ava Dowell with an Obama bag from our Yes We Can Campaign (note that Ava is wearing her Tarheels shirt)

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Starting a Diaper Bank – TIME


The latest issue of TIME Magazine features an article on a social worker who started a diaper bank in Connecticut. The article (click on the photo to read it)nicely explains the necessity of such diaper banks as well as potential ways to grow from diapers to larger issues of health and hygiene for children living in poverty. We too have a diaper bank. We’re often out of two or three sizes, and then parents have to try to adapt the wrong sizes to their kids’ bodies. Sometimes it’s not possible and they go home empty-handed. If you would like to donate diapers, please check our wish list to see which sizes we are currently most in-need of. We also occasionally tweet about diapers, or update our Facebook status, so be sure you follow us on both of those! Thank you very much for your help!

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Hunger Action Week



Lettuce or Avocados?This upcoming week is Hunger Action Week. This means that you’re being asked to eat just $35 worth of food for the whole week. Can you do it? Can you do it *well* – eating all the appropriate nutrients and not just loading up on the filling and inexpensive fast food options that abound in low-income areas? Give it a shot. Questions? Comments? Great tips? Please feel free to share them here, or join those who are commenting on the Komo4 blog linked below…. 


Could you eat on just $7 a day? | KOMO News – Seattle, Washington | News .

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Wallingford Earth Day Happening 2009!

Sustainable Wallingford hosts the 39th Earth Day Happening on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Wallingford QFC parking lot 1801 N 45th Street. It’s A Giving Happening when you can give and receive free gifts in your community and care for your little bit of the planet. A Love-In follows the Happening for Happening volunteers. To volunteer click here

The Sustainable Wallingford Earth Day Happening features:

  • No Sale Bake Sale
  • Hamilton Middle School Band and Choir
  • Treebeard the Ent
  • Growing Food Growing Community free tomato plant starts
  • the Mobile Tire Inflation Station
  • Cascade Bicycle Club Ambassadors,
  • Seattle Climate Action Network offering free compact florescent bulbs
  • free Wallingford Community Preparedness kits
  • the Seattle Plastic Bag Monster,
  • FamilyWorks Wallingford Food Bank donations,
  • Lettuce Link and Friends of Fruit Trees,
  • Conversation and Storytime Corners,

  • Puget Sound Solar,
  • Community Giving Tables of gently used items small enough to carry such as, jigsaw puzzles, books, hand tools, and shoes,
  • and a place for many Wallingford artists, businesses, and residents like you to freely give and receive.

At the Sustainable Wallingford Earth Day Happening you have the opportunity to live mindfully in your community and joyfully on your planet. Because every day is Earth Day.

Community Contacts
(learn more at

  • Jessica Vets (206) 459-9786 Event Coordinator Email Jessica
  • Will Polk (206) 465-9203 Volunteer Coordinator Email Will
  • Cathy Tuttle (206) 547-9569 Sustainable Wallingford Facilitator Email Cathy

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