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We Have Exciting News to Share with You

Dear Friend,

The West Seattle Food Bank and West Seattle Helpline have great news! 

For many years the West Seattle Food Bank (WSFB) and the West Seattle Helpline (WSH) have been strong partners, supporting each other in a variety of ways to provide basic needs and services to individuals and families in our community.

Beginning in early 2019, WSH and WSFB came together to actively explore ways to better serve our community. Through these conversations we identified service crossover, a strong community focus, and a desire to increase capacity.  We are pleased to announce that these discussions have led the Executive Directors and the boards of directors of each agency to the decision to merge our services into one organization.   

In February of 2020, the two boards will establish a new, individual board for the merged organization. Erin Dury Moore, WSH Executive Director, will officially transfer all duties to Fran Yeatts, WSFB Executive Director. Over the course of the rest of the fiscal year we will work to ensure a smooth transition to a single organization. 

Being a single unified agency will allow us to better serve the community in many ways, including:

  • Combining our missions of providing food, financial assistance in the form of rent and utility payments, free clothing, and referral resources to our neighbors in need.
  • Streamlining neighbors’ access to significant programs and services under one roof. 
  • Bringing two strong organizations together to become stronger in offering our community a more robust array of services to assist our neighbors.
  • Promoting donor support through our provision of services and programs that are critical to the health, growth and vitality of our community.
  • Strengthening our fight to stop homelessness in our community before it starts.

This merger will increase access to our services and deepen our commitment of neighbors helping neighbors.  We are so grateful for your partnership and continued involvement in our expanded mission.

Thank you. 

Ben Viscon                                 Nick Naubert
West Seattle Food Bank          West Seattle Helpline
Board President                         Board President

FranYeatts                                  Erin Dury Moore West Seattle Food Bank          West Seattle Helpline Executive Director                     Executive Director

 

Providing Food to Families in Need.

There are over 10,000+ individuals in West Seattle that live below the federal poverty level. The cost of living in Seattle is 49% higher than the national average which means many of our working families are seriously struggling to make ends meet.

2019 WSFB Fiscal Year Statistics

  • We distribute over 1.95 million pounds of food and spent $374,570 on purchased food.
  • 12,700 individuals, including 4,532 children and 1,698 seniors, in need of food and services counted on the WSFB at some time during the year with an average of 1,334 families weekly.
  • We delivered food weekly to the homes of approximately 250 elderly and disabled individuals not able to make it to the food bank through our Mobile Food Bank Services.
  • Our Backpack Program provided 455 school children at risk of hunger over the weekend with 13,500 packs of six kid-friendly meals weekly through 13 West Seattle schools.
  • Our Pet Pantry distributed 25,000 pounds of pet food and accessories to clients to take care of their furry friends. 
  • $225,000 worth of baby food, formula, diapers, car seats, strollers, furniture, toys, clothing and other accessories were distributed to parents of infants and toddlers through our Baby and Child Corner.
  • Our Community Connections Program helps the families we serve access additional information and services from dozens of partner organizations.
  • Our Bookcase provided 10,969 books to the children and adults we serve to encourage healthy reading habits.
  • 576 volunteers donated 25,908 hours of service to the food bank through our Volunteer Program.  This would be equivalent to 12.5 full time employees!