Neighbors Helping Neighbors: The Queen Anne Food Bank
The Queen Anne Food Bank is the featured member for the Chamber’s December Member Spotlight. And what a great way to end the year—featuring one of the community’s most important nonprofit organizations.
For this feature, food bank director, Stephanie Monroney, caught us up on all the great things her team and volunteers accomplished in 2017.
NEW PROGRAM: SERVING MEALS, "NO COOK" BAGS
In February, the food bank began serving meals and providing “no cook” bags to the most food insecure neighbors every Friday morning. They handed out over 3,100 “no cook” bags through the end of September. They now serve meals five days a week with additional food provided on Fridays.
DELIVERY PROGRAM OF BAGS OF HEALTHY FOOD BIG SUCCESS
In late spring, their team met with case managers from Plymouth Housing Group (PHG), an organization that works to eliminate homelessness by operating safe, quality, supportive housing and by providing homeless adults with opportunities to stabilize and improve their lives. The food bank wanted to know how it could be of service to PHG.
After in-depth planning, the food bank kicked off a pilot program in September to deliver bags of healthy food, including meat, dairy, fresh fruits, and vegetables, to more than 20 individuals who live in Humphrey House, a PHG apartment complex for adults homebound and on medical respite due to physical or mental disability.
“We are thrilled that we were able to help these individuals,” said Monroney of the successful pilot program. “Our plan is to continue working with PHG and other low income housing providers in the area and expand the home delivery program in 2018. We want to reach 100 or more of our most vulnerable neighbors who would otherwise not be able to visit our food bank.”
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE FOOD BANK
This new home delivery program and other programs that the food bank has would not be possible without donations of time, food, and money. The support of the community is vital and means so much to our neighbors who are living with food insecurity.
Hats off to Stephanie and her team, including a cadre of dedicated volunteers! And congratulations to the Queen Anne Food Bank for being the Queen Anne Chamber’s Member Spotlight featured organization!
Learn more about how you can help the Queen Anne Food Bank with donations of money, food, or time. And while we're at it, can we just put in a plug for the Christmas Tree Lot on Upper Queen Anne (Safeway parking lot), being sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 72, with proceeds going to the food bank and Troop 72? So, if you're shopping for tree, stop by the Christmas Tree Lot! Know that your purchase is helping the boy scouts and the food bank!
UPCOMING FOOD BANK EVENTS
Jan. 10, 2018, Open House (5:00 - 7:00 p.m.)
The food bank is opening its doors for its first Open House. Come see the food bank in action! The tour includes refreshments and a cup of homemade soup!
Feb. 9, 2018, "Dine for a Cause" Fundraiser
"Dine for a Cause," the food bank's signature fundraising event, includes dinner, cocktails, and wine. There will also be a premiere Silent Auction and "Raise the Paddle." Canlis is hosting the event. Tickets are limited.