Beginning in February 2013, our Baby Corner Program will slightly change. It will still operate during the first full week of each month (our weeks begin on Tuesdays) on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays; however, we will begin bringing Baby Customers inside at 9am. We recommend that Baby Corner customers arrive between 9am-10am.
Families with children under 2 years old who live in Seattle are eligible to participate in this program. Customers must bring a photo ID as well as a birth certificate, medical card, or other official document with the baby’s information. If a grandparent or other family member is picking up diapers for a baby, a copy of the parent’s ID must be presented.
If you have any questions about this program, please call (206) 324-7100 x23.
We are wrapping up our Volunteer Spotlight series (for now!) with Beth, who has been volunteering at The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s since April 2011 and often helps us on Mondays, when we receive our biggest donations of the week. Beth reflects upon her experience here in a funny, realistic, and touching way–and it’s best to read in her own words:
I like getting to know the other volunteers and bonding with them over things like discovering that almond milk is really hard to get out of its boxes – why do they have to be taped AND glued? Since I live in the neighborhood, I feel as if I’m contributing to the well-being of my community in a really direct way. It seems like almost everyone I know has used a food bank at one time in their lives, whether they were a struggling college student, newly married couple, or unemployed for too long.
I especially enjoy putting together the “non-cook” bags, seeing what flavors of cupcakes are coming in, learning about obscure produce (who knew that brussel sprouts grew like that?!), sorting the donated canned goods into their specific categories, and in general watching the whole process of organizing such a large and complex undertaking come together. It’s inspiring and depressing all at the same time: inspiring because so many people are endeavoring to address the problem of hunger, and depressing because the line of people who need food never seems to shrink.
I’ve brought about a dozen different friends and family members to work with me. They’re always impressed with the amount and variety of food we’re able to distribute, the kindness of the volunteers, and the way everyone – first-time volunteers, the staff, and longstanding food bank “experts” – works in concert to make each day a success. It also stuns people to witness the sheer volume of the donations – food that otherwise would probably just go to waste. It’s easy to forget that stores are stocking more than they can sell, but when you see the crates and crates full of salads and bread and meat and cheese and apples and green peppers from Trader Joe’s, you realize that the business of food leaves a lot of leftovers.
Beth is fantastic and we are lucky to have her on our team. Thank you, Beth!