Over the last few months we have been working on something pretty big here at FamilyWorks. Well, the time has finally come when we can talk about it. (drum roll please . . . )
Beginning today Wednesday, April 20th . . .
FamilyWorks will be operating a new food bank in the
FWX & Salvation Army staff setting up the new food bank
This new food bank will be called the Greenwood Food Resource Center and is the result of a partnership between FamilyWorks and the Salvation Army.
You may have recently heard that the previous Greenwood food bank closed its doors on March 31st, leaving hundreds of households without emergency food services in the Greenwood neighborhood.
The Greenwood Food Resource Center will fill this gap in service and provide healthy, fresh food to hundreds of households in the north end.
While we will certainly have more news to share in the coming months about this new venture we wanted you to know this was happening so you could share in our excitement!
From now until May 3rd you can support the Greenwood Food Resource Center with a financial donation through GiveBIG. CLICK HERE if you’d like to make a donation that will support food insecure households in the Greenwood neighborhood.
Lastly, check out this “behind the scenes” video we made of the Greenwood Food Resource Center before it opened!
FamilyWorks Behind The Scenes: Greenwood Food Resource Center from FamilyWorks on Vimeo.
Below is the press release announcing the opening of this new food bank –
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FAMILYWORKS AND SALVATION ARMY PARTNER IN GREENWOOD TO RESTORE EMERGENCY FOOD SERVICES
SEATTLE – April 11, 2016 – FamilyWorks and The Salvation Army Seattle Temple are joining forces to restore emergency food services in the Greenwood neighborhood starting April 20.
Together FamilyWorks and The Salvation Army are opening a new food bank for the neighborhood, the Greenwood Food Resource Center. When the Volunteers of America Food Bank closed at the end of March, the community and area service organizations feared a lack of emergency food services would mean less food for area families in need. The Greenwood Food Resource Center will fill this gap in service and provide healthy, fresh food to hundreds of households in the north end.
The Greenwood Food Resource Center will serve area families and individuals every Wednesday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Salvation Army is providing space, staffing and volunteers at their location at 9501 Greenwood Ave North. FamilyWorks, which also operates a food bank and family resource center in Wallingford, will supply the food and staff for operations.
“FamilyWorks is pleased to be able to extend our healthy food distribution to our neighbors to the north in this partnership with the Salvation Army,” said Jake Weber, executive director of FamilyWorks. “We look forward to getting to know the Greenwood community and invite you to join us in nourishing our most vulnerable neighbors!”
“The Salvation Army stands ready to offer assistance to the community whenever the need arises,” stated Major Rob Reardon, corps officer of The Salvation Army Seattle Temple. “It was our automatic response to step forward and expand our services to the Greenwood community when we learned of the Greenwood Foodbank closure. We are excited to work side by side with FamilyWorks in this new partnership to help our community.”
About FamilyWorks Resource Center & Food Bank in Wallingford
FamilyWorks nourishes and strengthens individuals and families by connecting people with support, resources and community. FamilyWorks operates both a food bank and family resource center, offering healthy food distribution and delivery, parenting and other educational classes, parent/child playgroups, family advocacy, a teen parent program, WIC information and referrals and more.
About Salvation Army Seattle Temple
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. This is accomplished through afterschool tutoring, music education and character building programs, basic family and social services, senior meals, programs and activities and other opportunities for worship and service.
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