Help the Helpline fill its food pantry for neighbors in need

Back in August, we put out the call for men’s clothing for the Queen Anne Helpline’s clothing bank. The Helpline was in desperate need for men’s clothing and the response was fantastic (thanks, readers!).

screen-shot-2016-09-24-at-10-16-09-amNow, the Helpline needs your help again, this time to help fill its pantry shelves. The Helpline needs food to stock its emergency food shelves and take-home food bags for neighbors in need. The Helpline keeps these shelves stocked with non-perishable food items, so items that are shelf-stable are ideal.

Specifically, they need: peanut butter, crackers (packaged in sleeves, like Ritz or Saltines), individual serving juice and milk boxes, canned vegetables (corn, green beans, etc.), pasta sauce, granola bars, and fruit /applesauce cups. Any other non-perishable foods are welcome as well. Help fill the near-empty shelves!

Donations can be dropped off at the Queen Anne Helpline office at 311 W McGraw St between the hours of 9am and 4pm Monday through Friday. However, please call 206.282.1540 first to make sure a Helpline staff member or volunteer is available to accept your donations.

Help the Queen Anne Food Bank, Volunteer to Run a Food or Goods Drive this Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, and the Queen Anne Food Bank needs your help! The Food Bank is looking for local businesses, organizations and groups interested in running food and/or personal items drives. The Food Bank will work with you to get you up and running by helping with key steps of the planning process.

The process of organizing a food drive starts with bringing together a group of interested people, then deciding on dates to start and end the drive, as well as a date to deliver the food. You can request that the Food Bank make a flyer for you, or better yet, channel your inner artist and design one of your own.

The next step? Get the word out about your drive and what items you need people to donate. At this step in the process, Queen Anne View can help you – if you run a food/goods drive, post the info in the Forum, and a blog post further publicizing all local Queen Anne food drives will follow.

Once the drive starts, the majority of the work is over and you can reap the rewards of knowing you’ve helped those in need this holiday season and beyond. Plus, it’ll be a lot of fun – check out this picture from a “fill the truck” food drive this past July:

If you, your organization, or your business is interested in running a Food Bank drive, please get in touch with the Queen Anne Food Bank outreach coordinator Florence McCafferty at or 206.216.4102.

Cub Scouts collecting food donations Saturday

Don’t forget, the Queen Anne Cub Scouts will be collecting donations of food and toiletries door-to-door this Saturday, March 20. If you received a door hanger at your home last Saturday, remember to put your donation out on your doorstep and mark it for “Boy Scouts” before 10 a.m., when Troops 70 and 72 will begin making the pick-up rounds.

After collecting and weighing the donations, the scouts will deliver them to the Queen Anne Helpline and Ballard Food Bank. Last year they collected over 600 pounds of food, and hope to donate over 1,000 pounds this year! See the back of your door hanger for a list of most need items.