FROM OUR DIRECTOR:
Reflecting on 2015 I have much to be thankful for. Little do most people know that the Food Bank staff consists of seven paid staff; five full time and two part-time. By 1:00 pm on December 31 we will have fed over 160,000 individuals for the year. The multitude of volunteers (over 30,000 hours) contributed to our success. It’s kind of like the fish and loaves story from the bible. We could not have done this without the help (financial, food donations and people power) of so many.
Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, Trader Joe’s and Lam’s Seafood were the largest contributors of food. Regular contributions also came from QFC, Red Apple, Safeway, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Bakery Nouveau, St. Monica, St. Brendan, St. Mary, ASPCA, Magic Dragon, Macrina Bakery, Franz Bakery and many of our neighbors and pea patches who donated from their gardens and fruit trees.
Holy Names Academy, Forest Ridge, St. Joseph, Giddens School, and many other businesses and organizations held food drives. Swedish Hospital and the Magnolia Mom’s hold annual diaper drives for the babies in need.
St. Mary’s Church also donates non-food items such as toilet paper, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste, etc. for our homeless and home delivery clients.
The list goes on and on of those who continue to donate to bring joy and happiness to those who have less than we have.
I also want to acknowledge our financial contributors. The City of Seattle, State of Washington, The Norcliffe Foundation, Muckleshoot Tribe, Puyallup Tribe, Moccasin Lake Foundation, The Norcliffe Foundation and the hundreds of others who contributed financially to our work to make sure we continue to feed the hungry and the food insecure.
The Harvest Dinner Committee, led by Julie Callahanwho year after year continues to amaze us with the loving gift of time to a very successful annual dinner and auction.
I also want to thank the Food Bank Board who with your advice we have become one of the largest food banks in the city of Seattle!
Thanks to Maureen Gummersall for your help with your accounting skills to help me with the bookkeeping. Thank you to Freeda Babson for your grant writing skills. Thank you to Becky Westbrook for keeping our computers and server working.
I especially want to acknowledge the Food Bank staff for your tireless work:
Deep Singh – Operations Manager
Beverly Madden Hill – Volunteer Coordinator/Program Manager
Umair Ahmad – Warehouse Assistant
Darya Golriz – Warehouse Assistant
Vicente Nengasca – Warehouse Assistant
Tom Rice – Warehouse Assistant
May 2016 bring us all a blessed and prosperous year!
Blessings, now and always,
Alison A. Pence
The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s
611 20th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144