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Win Seahawks Tickets or a Savory Market Experience!

WIN one of these awesome prizes, made possible by some of our fabulous Board members!

Seahawks LogoPike-place-market-logo

FamilyWorks is hosting a raffle to benefit the Food Bank & Family Resource Center.
Tickets are $10/each.  The winner will be selected at the Sunday Supper Event, but you do not need to be present to win. Check out these prizes!

1st Prize:

Seahawks Package ($750+)
*2 Tickets to Nov. 29th game vs. Pittsburgh
*Richard Sherman and 12th Person Jerseys
*$50 to spend on food
*Super Bowl DVD, Hawks coffee table book, and more

2nd Prize:

Pike Place Market Package ($530+)
Overnight at Inn at the Market
Gift cards for dining at: Beechers, Seatown, Pike Place Chowder & Lowell’s
Savor Seattle Tasting Tour of the Market for 2

Tickets can be purchased at the Sunday Supper event or at the FamilyWorks office prior to the dinner.

Please call Joey Ashenbrenner at 206-694-6725 for more information.

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“It takes all I have to keep a roof over my head”

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.

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by | December 20, 2013 · 1:43 pm

Franklin HS Woodshop Keeps Food Bank on the Move

 By Virginia Eader, MSW Intern

Students brainstorming with Woodshop teacher, Mike Lawson, on how to complete the carts for the food bank. “It brought a lot of us together,” described Senior Michael Raglin-Johnsen. “We had to communicate and work as a team.”

 In 2010 Family Works collected over 522 tons of food through the generous support of the local Wallingford and Seattle community. FamilyWork’s dedicated staff and volunteers work hard to ensure that all of the food is carefully sorted, organized, refrigerated, and made ready to distribute to eager customers throughout each week.

As with most food banks, storage capacity and mobility of food can be quite challenging. When Sanjay Rao, food bank volunteer and FamilyWorks board member, first began working in the food bank he witnessed the heavy moving and shifting of the 300-400 pound stacked crates of food. “There’s got to be a better way,” he thought.

 Staff and volunteers began brainstorming ways to improve the mobility of food. After researching costly solutions and testing out three hand-made prototypes, it was decided that a simply designed wood frame with swivel wheels could be a hopeful solution. To help with building the carts, the project became a great community service opportunity for a group willing to help out. Thirteen students from Franklin High School’s Woodshop class, one of the few Woodshop programs left in Seattle, stepped up to the challenge.

 Mike Lawson, who has been teaching Woodshop at Franklin for the past 16 years, was excited to get his students involved with the project. “It’s a big world out there and I want students to see that they can have a part in it,” Lawson said. This is the third community service project the class has done this semester.

Franklin Woodshop student proudly holds two completed carts. "It's not everyday that students have the opportunity to go from a concept to a finished product," said Teacher, Mike Lawson.

 Food bank volunteers pooled together to get the necessary supplies for students to make the carts. Just over a week after the materials were delivered, students had all 25 carts complete.

 Reflecting on the project, Junior Angela Ma says, “It was very fun. Like an assembly line, everyone put in effort to help make each cart.”

 The building of the carts required that the students use a combination of skills including math, reading, following detailed directions, precision cutting and drilling, as well as a great deal of collaborative problem solving and communication.

 Lawson described the learning process, “It was pretty cool watching [the students]. You could really see their gears turning. In this class every kid has a chance to be a rock star. They don’t necessarily have that chance in other parts of their life.”

 Many students expressed excitement about helping the food bank through their class work.

 “It’s nice to be able to put something to use. We can go out in the community and say ‘oh wow’ I made this’,” Senior Maddy Williams said.     Junior Jonathan Chac agreed, “It felt good because it’s not just for a grade. I’m actually helping people.”

FamilyWorks volunteers Sanjay Rao and David Tate testing the new carts in the food bank. "Honestly, I feel really good about this project," Sanjay explained. "All it takes is to bring people together and they'll help each other out."

 The students are hoping to be able take a field trip to FamilyWorks to see their hard work in action. Some students even expressed the desire to volunteer after school. In the mean time, the carts will help keep thousands of pounds of nutritious food moving more efficiently throughout the food bank each week. The benefits of this collaborative project will help to better serve the individuals and families who need it most.


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Calling all community minded foodies!     Celebrated chef and restaurant owners Rachel Yang of Joule and Amy McCray of Eva will be teaming up for an interactive cooking demonstration. They will be using items that are typically found in the FamilyWorks food bank. Seattle’s own celebrity chef, Kathy Casey, will MC the event. 

 In addition to the demo, guests will be invited to tour the FamilyWorks resource center and food bank, enjoy a wine tasting by Sozo Planet, and snack on appetizers. Recipes from the demonstration will be shared with guests, as well as food bank customers. The minimum age for attendance is 21. Tickets are $25/person and can be purchased at  Brown Paper Tickets

FamilyWorks is a food bank and family resource center that nourishes and strengthens individuals and families by connecting them with support, resources, and community. Our vision is for a vibrant and healthy community with strong well-nourished families as the foundation.

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FamilyWorks’ After School Tutoring Program’s Family Dinner

FamilyWorks would like to give a big thank you to our guest chef, Rachel Duboff of Thyme to Nourish, for making last night’s family dinner a huge success!  Each year our free after school tutoring program puts on a family dinner where students prepare a meal for their families.  Our family dinners provide a fun, interactive environment for parents and guardians of students to meet each other. The gathering also allows tutors, students and their families to come together and share experiences, resources and just have fun enjoying others’ company.  This year Rachel helped us by providing nutrition education to students and creating a burrito bar menu including homemade salsas, guacamole and calabacitas!  Students eagerly participated by chopping vegetables, shredding cheese and combining ingredients to make delicious dishes.  Along with Rachel, our fabulous volunteer tutors donated time and effort to making this event special for everyone involved.  Thank you to all who volunteered their time and to those who participated in our 2010-2011 family dinner!

 To see pictures of this exciting event, please visit our Facebook page at!/familyworks.

 Further information about Rachel Duboff and Thyme to Nourish can be found at

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Market on the Move!

Market on the Move! 

Starting September 1st, the Wallingford Farmers Market will be located on Wallingford Ave. (between 44th and 45th St.), offering the same scrumptious produce, fresh bread, cheeses and other home grown goods. 

There will be a community meeting to answer any questions and concerns that the community has about the Farmers Market on August 31st at 6:30 at the Wallingford Senior Center (Good Shepherd Center).  Please come and show your support of the Farmers Market. 

As the new Tutoring Coordinator at FamilyWorks, I have been staffing the Farmers Market this summer.  Here are a few other exciting things I learned from my experience and thought you might enjoy, too!

Top Things You Should Know About Your Local Farmers Market

  • Local Farmers have been graciously supporting FamilyWorks since 2006.
  • Each month, local farmers donate roughly 1000 pounds of produce to FamilyWorks – that’s 4,000 pounds every summer!
  • Without help from farmers and other donations many customers would be left with less healthy food choices as well as a smaller selection overall.
  • Come enjoy the featured chefs who will be happy to make you a fresh, delicious taste on the spot.  Yum!
  • You can find FamilyWorks at the market!  We’re there to tell people who we are and what we do.  We also have bundles of resources about our playgroups, life skills classes and food bank information.
  • As the season changes so does the produce.  Make sure you stop by throughout the season to get a full range of products.
  • When you support farmers you are supporting the food bank.  You are making a difference!

The Wallingford farmers market is every Wednesday from 3-7 p.m. and will be finishing its season in the new Wallingford Ave. location – through September 29th.  Thanks for your support and please stop by and say “Hello!”  Just look for the smiling faces in the purple tent and ask for Megan!

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2009 Greenwood CoolMom & FamilyWorks Holiday Toy Swap‘n’Sale

Looking for some cool (inexpensive) toys for your kids? This November, FamilyWorks will collaborate with in a first annual Swap n’ Shop Toy Sale.

The sale itself will be Saturday, November 14 – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Woodland Park United Methodist Church, 302 North 78th St., Seattle, 98103. Please support us by donating your gently-used toys!

FamilyWorks & Holiday Toy Swap‘n’Sale

Your toys will go to loving homes while raising money for CoolMom and FamilyWorks. FamilyWorks is a food bank and family resource center that nourishes and strengthens individuals and families by connecting people with support and resources. FamilyWorks offers gently used donated toys, books, infant clothing, and kids clothing to families.

Come to our first annual Swap n’ Shop Toy Sale and show us your support!

Thank you!


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