Monthly Archives: May 2009

Welcome, Express Credit Union!


Welcome, Express Credit Union, a credit union designed specifically to help the poor and others who don’t trust banks avoid check-cashing fees and payday lenders. Express Credit Union opens today, May 30! And instead of having often-inconvenient branches, the credit union is coming to the people. One branch will even be located just above FamilyWorks, in Solid Ground! So congratulations to ECU, and we look forward to some rave reviews. For more information, click on the photo or link below.


Business & Technology | Credit union aims to help people break the payday-lender cycle | Seattle Times Newspaper.


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FamilyWorks Annual Campaign Begins TODAY!

FamilyWorks’ Annual Campaign begins today! We need to raise $90,000 to continue to offer our many services to the community. Please visit our website today to make a donation, or call us at 206/694.6727 for more information. Thank you in advance for your support of FamilyWorks!

FamilyWorks, a food bank and family center, nourishes and strengthens individuals and families by connecting people with support, resources, and community.

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  • We all need food, connections to others, and access to information and resources to thrive.
  • Without the help of food from the food bank, many families would face even tougher decisions about whether to buy food, pay bills, or buy medicine.

“For now I ask no more than the justice of eating.” ~ Pablo Neruda.

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A Dubious Honor for WA State – Child Food Insecurity

Washington is in the upper half of the list of states – which, in this case, is a dubious achievement. We rank 18th in the nation for highest child hunger rates for children under 5. Even more alarmingly, we rank 12th for children under 18. Our rates are approaching 20%! Please consider supporting your local food bank to help alleviate these stunning statistics. We provide food to families, helping children and other members of our community receive the nutrition that we all deserve. FamilyWorks begins our 2009 Annual Campaign tomorrow! Check back for more information, or call us at 206/694.6727. If you can’t help financially, please consider donating a smaller item, like bus tickets to help our customers reach the food bank without having to pay. Check our Wish List (click on the tab just under our purple logo) for up-to-the-minute requests. Thanks as always for your help!

Child Food Insecurity in the United States: 2005 — 2007 .

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Washington Receives School Lunch Grant

Washington State has applied for and received a grant to determine efficacy of its school lunch program, especially for nutritionally at-risk students.

Release No. 0158.09.

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Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, Champion Feeding America Food Bank Supporters

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Baltimore’s New School Lunch Concept



Tasting Baby Radish Greens

Here’s an inspiring story on Tony Geraci and the Baltimore Public Schools. Together, they’ve begun several greenhouse farms to incubate plants for Baltimore schools’ own gardens. Then they will grow produce to serve in restaurants – giving the kids a first-hand look at food issues and how food gets to their forks. Moreover, Geraci’s farms are supplying fresh produce for school lunches, helping revitalize a free- and reduced-lunch system that leaves many of Baltimore’s kids hungry or disgusted – and thus unable to learn. Check out the article if you want to feel happy about food and Baltimore and kids. Want to bring such a program to your child’s school? Good news: if you live in Seattle or Highline Districts, you may already have such a program……

Baltimore’s Head of School Lunches Is Transforming the City’s Program –

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Interesting Things on Teeter-Totters

 Did you know that FamilyWorks likes Teeter-Totters? Neither did we. But we do. We like this one, anyway. Thanks to Seattle Weekly for its photo of the day. And no, this isn’t FamilyWorks’ building, but we just thought it would be nice to lighten your day a little bit. Oh yeah – one of our mascot dogs, Stripey (see earlier posts on dog food banks for photos) loves the teeter-totter in agility classes, but we don’t have any photos of him on them to share. We just thought you’d like to know.


Porta-Potties on Teeter-Totter (Seattle Weekly Photo of the Day)


The Daily Weekly – Undeterred by Bad Weather, Porta-Potties Enjoy Teeter-Totter – Seattle Weekly.

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