A Lovely Note …

Each year we send out Christmas and New Year’s greeting to our supporters and friends. We always send a staff photo as we want everyone to see just who is behind our small but wonderful food bank. This is a note I received this year after our photo went out:
 
“Thank you so much for the Christmas card. I particularly liked the picture and the message! Wouldn’t it be nice if all neighborhoods in all American cities looked like the beautiful people in your group! Best wishes for a happy and successful 2017.”
 
This is the photo:
 

 
And the author included a $100 check for us! We were thrilled and extremely grateful!
 
The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s serves an enormous mix of cultures and ethnicities. We strive hard to have a great variety of foods that appeal and are culturally appropriate for our neighborhood clients. Our staff and volunteers also reflect that diversity. We wouldn’t have it any other way! It is an opportunity to learn from one another, be able to serve our neighbors and be the light we want to see in the world. 
 
From all of us, our staff, our Board, our volunteers, we wish you the Happiest of New Years and pray that 2017 is a year full of joy, blessings and great happiness for you and yours.

Unexpected Blessings and Recognitions!

2016-mayors-end-hunger-award-2-2 2016-mayors-end-hunger-award1-2016-1A Letter from a client:

Dear Food Bank @ St. Mary’s,

This is a letter of gratitude to all of you.

Thank you for running the Food Bank @ St. Mary’s so expertly. No doubt you have many challenges to deal with but there is always plenty of food for people in need at your food bank. No one leaves the food bank empty handed. The amount of good you do for the community is huge. Your food bank is a reliable lighthouse for those who need a helping hand a far as food security goes.

Special thanks for finding, hiring, and retaining an able staff starting with the excellent operations manager. No matter what the weather is, or what challenging customers showed up at the line, or when there are few volunteers to help, he makes everything run smoothly. The whole operation seems to be very efficient. The staff and volunteers are cheerful and happy and this reflects on the management and creates a welcoming atmosphere.

Please also pass the message of gratitude to all the sponsors. They are invisible to people standing in the food line but I can see some of them mentioned on your website. There must be more of these good people as it takes a great amount of resources to run a place like yours feeding as many people as you do. Please consider making sponsors’ names visible at the food bank if sponsors do not mind.

Thank you again for you good works.

Sincerely,

A Grateful client of The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s

In response to this letter and other information provided by those who know of us and our work, The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s and Alison Pence, the Executive Director each received the 2016 Mayor’s End Hunger Award for 2016. We are humbled to have received this recognition from Mayor Ed Murray on Friday, November 18 at the Hunger Summit.

Alison Alfonzo Pence
Executive Director
The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s
206.324.7100 ext.21
alison@thefbsm.org
www.thefbsm.org
fax: 206.324.0050

And once again, a great time was had by all!

The 2016 Harvest Dinner was a success in every way!

It raised over $200,000 for the seven programs of the Food Bank that serve the hungry of Seattle. Thanks to the extreme generosity of those who underwrote the events, including Vulcan, Chaney Family Foundation, Provident Loan, Sisters of Providence, Sacred Heart Parish, Our Lady of the Lake Parish, St. James Cathedral, The Reid Group and Wyman Trust, plus our individual sponsors – Greg & Bev DiMartino, Steven & Tricia Trainer, John & Lily Pietromonaco, Mary Ann Knowles, Peter Davidson, Jack Safar & Will Bean, Pat & Joe Desimone, 100% of the proceeds from the evening will be used for the food bank’s programs! We are grateful to all who donated silent and live auction items, wine for the Wine Wall, desserts for the fun Dessert Dash and everyone who came to support the Food Bank and the clients who come to us every week of the year in need. We are currently feeding over 12,000 hungry people a month. And proceeds from this annual event enable us to keep doing so, year after year. We are grateful beyond words for your support. – The Staff, Board, Volunteers and Clients of The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s

Public Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday:
10:00-1:00pm

611 20th Ave. South,
Seattle, WA 98144

The Food Bank @ St. Mary's would like to thank our community Partners and Sponsors.