A Chance to GiveBIG (or small!) and help The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s!

April 21st, 2016


Dear Friends and Supporters of The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s,


Each year, the incredible Seattle Foundation offers philanthropists, givers large and small, an opportunity to donate to their charities of choice. Their 2016 GiveBIG campaign will be on May3rd. This one day event gives donors the opportunity to help non-profits financially and is an event that The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s in Seattle is grateful for each year! Every gift, in an amount, is appreciated and needed!


From the early days in the 1930’s, when the St. Mary’s parish priest opened his door to the hungry of our community, until now, as one of the largest food bank in the city of Seattle, we have been here with nutritious food, a warm smile, pleasant greetings and programs that help the community. The hungry and food insecure of Seattle count on us to be there for them. Because of donors like yourself, we will continue to be.


GOOD NEWS #1: Your donation to the 2016 GiveBIG campaign, up to $2,500, will be “stretched” for a partial match from the Seattle Foundation! (We don’t yet know the amount of the match, it will depend on the size of separate funding given to The Seattle Foundation by donor funders to the “Stretch Pool” component of GiveBIG.)


AND HERE’S THE OTHER GOOD NEWS! You don’t have to wait this year til May 3rd to give your gift! The Seattle Foundation is using a new method that allows you to give earlier! You can donate NOW! Today and every day between now and until midnight on May 3rd! You also have the new option of covering the 4.9% processing fee, which makes your gift exactly what you want it to be for the non-profit. That option is available to you when you log on.


The Food Bank hopes to raise $15,000 this year from this campaign. With your help, we can get there. Proceeds from the GiveBIG campaign will be used for our 7 programs that serve the hungry of Seattle, including food purchases. To help us feed the over 13,000 hungry people who come to us each month, click on this link! https://givebig.seattlefoundation.org/  At the top right where there is a box and it says “Find an organization” – type in The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s (be sure to use the @ symbol) and it will bring you to our donation page. Thank you for any donation you choose to share with us! Every penny helps! (We’ve received our first donation, so we know the link works!)


Thank you for thinking of us. Please share this good news to your own email list. That is another way you can help!






Alison Alfonzo Pence
The Food Bank @ St. Mary’s

We need volunteer help!

It’s a busy place around here! We could use some extra volunteer hands if you have some time available to share. There are a number of duties that you can choose from and we promise, you’ll not be bored, will laugh a lot and maybe even make some new friends! So give Beverly Hill a call at 206-324-7100, ext. 23 and she will fit you in to where you’d like to be! We cherish and treasure our volunteers and are very grateful for their help. We could not run without them! Thank you!

Calling all volunteers for January 15, 18 – 23 WE NEED YOU!

Hello everyone!

Happy New Year, 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  Friday, January 15th and Monday, January 18th through Saturday, January 23rd (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 beverly@thefbsm.org or phone 206-324-7100 x 23 and let her know when you will be available to help.

Many thanks!

Alison Pence, Director



Public Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday:

611 20th Ave. South,
Seattle, WA 98144

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