Call for VOLUNTEERS August 6 through 13th, please!

Good day, fans and friends of the Food Bank @ St. Mary’s!  Thank you for all you do to help us in our mission to eliminate hunger! You are greatly appreciated!

We have received a lot of donations this week and we are expecting more on Monday, so we are asking for your help; these donations need to be sorted and organized. If you could please find some time, either alone or with your friends and family, between 7 am and 3 pm, on Thursday, August 6th through Thursday, August 13th (closed Sunday) to help us with this sorting, we would be eternally grateful! We are in desperate need of your help! Come help us make a difference in the lives of others!

Please email or phone 206-324-7100 x 23 and let her know when you will be available to help.

Many thanks!

Alison Pence, Director

The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s 16th Annual Harvest Dinner

Saturday, September 19th, 5:30 p.m., Seattle Design Center, 5701 – 6th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108

Ticket price: $50 if you register by September 4th; $60 after that date. final deadline for event registration is Friday, September 11th.

Event will include: Hors d’ouevres, dinner, beer and wine, silent and live auctions and a short program on the Food Bank’s mission and clients. and these popular features will be back, the wine Wall, the “Golden Ticket” raffle for a chance to win the live auction item of your choice, music and the fabulous dessert dash! More details to follow later.

New this year – online registration and payment. Please register and pay early. It’s convenient and easy! And it helps ensure the success of our event! Use this link:

Credit and debit card processing on this site is provided by the same company that processes payment for auction items purchased at the event. Be assured that the site is safe and secure.

You will be asked to enter your name, address, phone number, email address, the name of your table captain and meal preference (roast pork loin or vegan potato cake with mushrooms),  as well as credit card/debit card information.

We encourage online registration, but if you prefer, you can also register by calling or emailing the Food Bank office and then mailing your check.

The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s

611 20th Avenue South

Seattle, WA 98144

Or call 206-324-7100, ext. 18

Thanks so much! We look forward to seeing you at this wonderful event that benefits the hungry in our community!



Summer Meals Act 2015

Reprinted with permission from FRAC (Food Research Action Center)
Summer Meals Act 2015 – Info that we thought might be of interest to you!
The Summer Meals Act of 2015 (S. 613 / H.R. 1278), introduced by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Rick Larsen (D-WA), would strengthen, protect, and expand access to the Summer Nutrition Programs. These programs help reduce hunger and combat childhood obesity experienced by low-income children over the summer months. The Summer Nutrition Programs also support educational and enrichment programs that keep children learning, engaged and safe when school is not in session.
What are the Summer Nutrition Programs?
The Summer Nutrition Programs (the Summer Food Service Program and the National School Lunch Program) provide federal funding to serve nutritious meals and snacks during summer break when low income children lose access to free and reduced-price school meals. The meals are served at sites such as summer programs, summer school, parks and recreation centers, Ys, and Boys and Girls Clubs that are located in a low income area or that serve primarily low-income children. The vast majority of sites offer learning, enrichment, and/or recreational activities in addition to nutritious meals.
How Many Children Benefit from the Summer Nutrition Programs?
In July 2014, over three million children ate summer lunch on an average day, reaching only one in six of the low-income children who rely on school lunch during the school year.
What does the bill propose?
Improve the area eligibility test to allow community-based organizations to participate if 40 percent of the children in the area are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Currently, a summer meal site qualifies if 50 percent or more of children in the area qualify for free or reduced-price school meals as defined by school or census data. This threshold keeps many communities with significant numbers of low-income children, but not a high enough concentration of poverty, from participating. In addition, the 50 percent test is inconsistent with federally funded summer programs, such as the 21st Century Community Learning Center programs and Title I, which require at least 40 percent. These important education programs should all be able to provide summer meals.
Allow local government agencies and private nonprofit organizations to feed children year-round through the Summer Food Service Program.
Currently, sponsors must apply to and operate both the Summer Food Service Program and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in order to feed children-often the same children-after school and during the summer. This creates duplicative paperwork and confusing administrative rules that discourage participation.
Provide funding for transportation grants to fund innovative approaches and mobile meal trucks.
Transportation is one of the biggest barriers to participation, and these grants will increase low-income children’s access to summer meals in rural and other under-served areas.
Allow all sites to serve a third meal.
Many summer meal sites provide child care to working parents and run all day, but most sites are only able to serve a maximum of two meals. This leaves children without enough nutrition to get through the day or forces sites to use program dollars for food.
How Will the Summer Meals Act Benefit My Community?
Combat childhood hunger and obesity.

The Summer Nutrition Programs replace the breakfasts, lunches, after school meals, and snacks that children receive during the school day, giving them access to healthy meals their bodies need.
Keep children safe, learning, and out of trouble.

The meals help draw children into educational, enrichment, and recreational activities which are important tools for combating summer learning loss, reducing juvenile crime and teen pregnancy, and supporting working parents.
Provide states federal child nutrition funding that will create jobs and generate economic activity. The Summer Nutrition Programs bring federal dollars into local communities that must be used to support providing meals, such as to purchase food, pay salaries and cover transportation costs.

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611 20th Ave. South,
Seattle, WA 98144

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