December 16th, 2013 by Doree
The 2nd annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood on Dec. 7 raised $972 and more than 100 pounds of canned/boxed food for the Greenwood Food Bank.
From organizer Tim Arnot of Tim’s Tavern:
A special thanks to everyone who attended the event by donating the $20 for the wristband, Bleacher’s Pub for donating $200, Sully’s Snowgoose Tavern for donating $100, Tim’s Tavern for donating $100, and to the twenty pubs participating with discounted drinks for the pub crawlers and helping to collect food and wristband money. A shout out also to our photographer Roman Rivera, and volunteers on the trolley-Cat Long and Greg Gibson! Let’s do this again next year Greenwood and make an even bigger donation. Put this on your calendars now, spread the word to your friends, and contact Tim if you would like to help out with next year’s planning and promoting!
Thanks to Tim’s Tavern for the photo of revelers on the special pub crawl trolley.
Tags: Greenwood Food Bank, Tim's Tavern, Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl
October 29th, 2013 by Doree
Update Wednesday: Food Bank officials tell me another batch of donations from the trick or treating event came in today, increasing the total to $1,050 and 780 pounds of food.
Earlier: Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank tells us that Saturday’s Hunger Goblin’ Trick or Treat in Phinney Ridge-Greenwood and the food bank’s cider pressing raised $946.36 and 700 pounds of non-perishable food. This was the first year that the trick or treating event was tied to fundraising for the food bank, and food bank officials say trick or treaters’ donations were “a fantastic boost for us to kick off the holiday season.”
Sally sent us some cute photos from the afternoon, but this is our favorite: Frankenstein and Spiderman outside the 74th St. Alehouse.
Tags: Greenwood Food Bank, Hunger Goblin' Trick or Treat
August 13th, 2013 by Doree
The annual Gumshoe scavenger hunt through Phinney Ridge and Greenwood raised a total $5,100, which will be divided equally between the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Elementary School PTA and Greenwood Food Bank.
Gumshoe Guy Mike Veitenhans says a record 205 completed entry forms were turned in this year.
Drawing winners are:
- Jenna Smith – $250 Fred Meyer gift card
- Kyle Halmrast – $150 Fred Meyer gift card
- David Austin – $100 Fred Meyer gift card
- Janet Sawyer – $75 gift card to the Phinney Market Pub & Eatery and a day at the Woodland Park Zoo with a special behind the scenes tour for two adults and two kids
- Angela Galbadini – $75 gift card to The Olive and Grape and tickets for two to Taproot Theatre
- Celina Darnell — $225 in gift cards to nine PhinneyWood restaurants for the Eatsy Street Game
- Leslie Basel — $135 in gift cards to nine PhinneyWood shops for the GumShop Game
Tags: Greenwood Elementary School PTA, Greenwood Food Bank, greenwood senior center, gumshoe
April 3rd, 2013 by Doree
The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir will perform a benefit concert for the Greenwood Food Bank starting at 4 p.m. Sunday, at Luther Memorial Church, 13047 Greenwood Ave. N. Donations of non-perishable food items and/or financial donations are welcomed.
The Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir is a true ecumenical choir with voices from the Methodist, Lutheran, and Catholic traditions standing side by side with members who have no church affiliation. Focusing on Black Gospel Music, Spirituals, and South African Freedom Songs, the 35 voice choir is a high-energy chorus that sings throughout the Phinneywood community. The Greenwood Food Bank is at 9041 Greenwood Ave. and serves over 1000 individuals each month.
Tags: Greenwood Food Bank, Luther Memorial Church, Phinney Ridge Gospel Choir
March 13th, 2013 by Doree
The Feinstein Foundation has pledged to partially match all cash and food donations to Volunteers of America Western Washington’s (VOAWW) food bank programs, including the Greenwood Food Bank, from March 1 to April 30. The foundation is donating a total of $1 million to various hunger programs.
You can drop off canned goods in donation barrels at Gainsbourg Lounge, 8550 Greenwood Ave. N.; Chocolati Café, 8319 Greenwood Ave. N.; Curves, 10033 Holman Rd. NW.; Ken’s Market, 7231 Greenwood Ave. N.; and Walgreens, 8701 Greenwood Ave. N.
You can also donate money online, through the VOAWW website. (Be sure to select “Feinstein Challenge” from the drop down menu under “Gift Designation.”)
Tags: Feinstein Foundation, Greenwood Food Bank, Volunteers of America Western Washington
February 22nd, 2013 by Doree
Volunteers of America’s Greenwood Food Bank is in urgent need of drivers and delivery assistants to help pick up food donations from local grocery stores. Drivers are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. Delivery Assistants (who ride along with the driver) are needed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.
- Ability to lift 50 pounds
- A valid drivers’ license
- Background Check
- A copy of your Driver’s Abstract
- Pick up donations from grocery stores using the food bank vehicle (a Sprinter van)
- Help load and unload truck
- Occasional delivery of pre-packaged food boxes to home delivery clients
- Occasional warehouse help when not needed as a driver’s assistant
Tags: Greenwood Food Bank, volunteers
February 2nd, 2013 by Doree
Fred Meyer reopened its Greenwood store on Friday to huge crowds, which continued through Saturday. The remodeled store added 55,000 square feet, for a total of 192,000 square feet on two levels.
Neighbors turned out for the grand opening ceremony, complete with hundreds of cupcakes, on Friday afternoon.
And Fred Meyer donated $5,000 each to the Greenwood Senior Center, Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Library, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club in Greenwood, and PAWS.
Store Director Pete Laudadio presents a $5,000 check to Greenwood Senior Center Director Cecily Kaplan (right) and PNA Board President Kris Cummings (left). (Photos courtesy of Phinney Neighborhood Association Business Membership Group.)
Tags: Fred Meyer, Greenwood Food Bank, Greenwood Library, greenwood senior center, North Seattle Boys & Girls Club, PAWS
January 30th, 2013 by Doree
Just a reminder that the remodeled Greenwood Fred Meyer will reopen at 7 a.m. Friday, at 100 NW 85th St.
The parking lot was full of construction vehicles and workers making last-minute preparations this morning.
The old Greenwood Market sign on the corner of NW 85th Street and 3rd Avenue NW was finally taken down last week and has been replaced with a Fred Meyer sign.
Fred Meyer employees will serve cake at 2 p.m. Friday, and they’ll be donating $25,000 to local charities, including $5,000 to the Greenwood Senior Center and $5,000 to the Greenwood Food Bank. The store also will have a food drive for the food bank for the month of February, and will use its coin collection boxes at registers to collect donations for the food bank until May 25.
Fred Meyer also plans to donate perishable food items to the Greenwood Food Bank five days a week through the Grocery Rescue Program.
Update: Fred Meyer Public Affairs Spokeswoman Melinda Merrill just told me that neighbors are invited for a sneak peek inside the store from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. Customers can use the grand opening ad that will be in the newspaper; there will also be lots of food samples.
Tags: Fred Meyer, Greenwood Food Bank, greenwood senior center
December 13th, 2012 by Doree
One of the Greenwood Food Bank‘s donors was not able to follow through on their commitment of toys and gift cards for food bank families.
VOA Greenwood will need gifts for children of our food bank families. Ideally, we’ll need them by our Holiday Party this Saturday, December 15th. Gift cards for places like Fred Meyer/Toys’r’us/Target etc (places that sell toys and/or clothes) or cash donations are welcome, though we will continue to take donations through the week. Please contact us at (206) 782-6731 or firstname.lastname@example.org to help.
Tags: charity, Christmas, donations, Greenwood Food Bank
December 12th, 2012 by Doree
The Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank is looking for a volunteer to be the food bank’s Operations Coordinator.
This is a LEAD Volunteer Position. Volunteer will direct all aspects of the Greenwood Food Bank Operations, which includes but is not limited to the following:
- Supervision and training of volunteers in food banking best practices, safety requirements, etc.
- Ensure high standards of service to food bank recipients, donors and volunteers.
- Coordination of all monthly report data in an accurate and timely manner.
- Accountable for the record keeping of daily cash and in-kind donations.
- Responsible for food ordering, inventory control, inventory and distribution.
- Cultivate the recruitment and retention of volunteers.
- Correspondence with donors, partners, and community members.
- Work in partnership with Outreach Manger for needs of the food bank.
- Adhere to safe and proper food handling/storage techniques.
- Responsible for the overall cleanliness of the food bank.
- Responsible for the administration and management of the Home Delivery Program and other special programs.
- Other work related duties as assigned.
More information about the position and how to apply are online.
Tags: Greenwood Food Bank
November 1st, 2012 by Doree
The Greenwood Food Bank wants to provide 400 turkeys to neighborhood families in need this Thanksgiving. The food bank launched its three-week “Turkey Drive” today, asking for donations of turkeys or money.
“There are many families in need across Greenwood, Phinney, and throughout North Seattle,” Brandy King, VOA’s Development and Outreach Manager, said in a press release. “We’re doing our best to help these families – many of them single parent homes – have a fulfilling Thanksgiving meal. Greenwood and Phinney Ridge are filled with generous-hearted folks. It’s a great way to show this community’s support for one another.”
Donations can be dropped off at the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, now through Nov. 20.
Contributions can also be made online. For more information, call the Greenwood Food Bank at 206-782-6731.
Tags: Greenwood Food Bank, Thanksgiving, turkeys
August 15th, 2012 by Doree
The Greenwood Food Bank announced today that it is running critically low on food. The Food Bank now has less than four days’ worth of food.
“The Greenwood Food Bank typically has a supply of 8 distribution days of food. Right now, we have half of that in our stock,” Leann Geiger, Director of Food Bank Services at Volunteers of America, said in a press release. “Food donations have continued to decrease and we are concerned that we will run out of food.”
Food donations typically decrease in the summer, even though school-age children no longer have access to school meal programs and rely more heavily on food banks. Geiger says the food bank also has not been able to replace the 4,000 pounds of food each week that the Greenwood Market donated, before closing in early February.
Fifty-percent of the Greenwood Food Bank’s clients are children and seniors.
“If you have been thinking about making a donation, now is the time. The needs at the Food Bank will continue to increase as summer ends and we begin to approach the holiday season. A donation of just one dollar can purchase three meals, and anyone can make a difference with just a dollar,” Geiger says in the press release.
Items the food bank needs the most include canned meat, boxed meals, and kid-friendly foods such as macaroni and cheese and canned fruit. Donations are accepted at the Greenwood Food Bank, 9041 Greenwood Ave N., from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. You can also donate online or send a check to Volunteers of America, 9041 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103.
The food bank is also looking for volunteers to help with food deliveries and pick-ups. If interested, email email@example.com.
They’re also looking for a new Warehouse Lead Volunteer:
The Greenwood Food Bank is looking for reliable and involved community members willing to volunteer part time as a Warehouse Lead Volunteer. The Food Bank has recently moved to an all-volunteer run program model, the first food bank of its size in Seattle to do so. Without the support of volunteers, we would not be able to serve the 4,000 clients that come to the food bank each month. This volunteer opportunity is perfect for someone who wants to take on a leadership role in the organization, gain experience with the internal workings of a food bank and a non-profit, and make a real, tangible difference in their community. Please contact Alice at (206) 782-6731 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tags: Greenwood Food Bank, hunger, Volunteers of America