Help the Queen Anne Food Bank with Krav Maga Seattle’s 2nd annual Thanksgiving food drive

KMS QAFBKrav Maga Seattle has kicked off its 2nd annual Thanksgiving food drive, running through Thanksgiving day, November 24th. This year, Krav Maga’s goal is to donate 2,000 food and hygiene items to the Queen Anne Food Bank.

Krav Maga Seattle (KMS) is offering a few incentives including a raffle for a $100 KMS Store certificate for anyone who donates, and one week of free classes for new KMS students who donate 8 or more of the most needed items. If the studio hits its goal, Head Instructor Chau Le will lead a series of weapons defense classes open to all members who donated to the food drive.

See the list below for the most-needed items:

– Canned Chili
– Canned Meat
– Canned Soup
– Canned Fruit
– Granola Bars / Energy Bars / Trail Mix
– Cold Cereal
– Jam / Jelly / Preserves
– Condiments (Mayo, Mustard, etc.)
– Hygiene Items (Deodorant, Toothpaste, Razors, TP, Feminine Hygiene, etc.)

Thanks to Krav Maga Seattle for giving back to the Queen Anne community!

Help out Queen Anne Food Bank at Safeway

QAFBBoth Queen Anne Safeway stores are hosting Queen Anne Food Bank (QAFB) drop-off bins this month. You can stop by or drop off non-perishable food items when you shop at Safeway, and help out the QAFB.

Although it’s a bit late notice (I’ve been under the weather), the Upper Queen Anne Safeway QAFB bins will be available through tomorrow, Sunday, March 23rd. You have today and tomorrow to help fill the QAFB bin on Upper Queen Anne.

The Lower Queen Anne/Uptown Safeway will have QAFB bins this Thursday, March 27th through Sunday, March 30th.

The QAFB hopes to collect between 500 and 800 pounds of non-perishable food during the two drives. If you’re not sure what to donate, QAFB’ high-need items include pasta sauce, peanut butter, canned tuna, and cereal. Bins will be located near the entrances to Safeway.

Two local Queen Anne non-profits team up for monthly food drives

The holiday season isn’t the only time the Queen Anne Helpline and Queen Anne Food Bank need donations of food to help stock their shelves. To keep the momentum going all year round, the Helpline and QAFB have partnered for monthly community food drives.

According to Lisa Moore, Executive Director of the Queen Anne Helpline:

“We know our community is eager to be involved and ensure no one in our neighborhood goes hungry, so we are delighted with this partnership effort.”

Each month, a different Queen Anne business or church will host a food drive to benefit these two local non-profits. For the month of September, Umpqua Bank is sponsoring the food drive.

You can drop off food donations at our local Umpqua branch at 1630 Queen Anne Ave N. They have a donation box along with a list of the most-needed items. So, stop by the next time you’re near Umpqua, check out the list, and help the Helpline and QAFB with their new monthly endeavor to keep hunger at bay.

Queen Anne Boy Scouts’ food drive makes it easy to donate from the comfort of your home

Watch your front door tomorrow, Monday, March 25th, for a flyer from the local Queen Anne Boy Scouts Troops – they’ll be distributing door hangers asking residents to donate food to fight hunger as part of the Scouting for Food drive. And, it’ll be easy to do – the Scouts will be back at your doorstep on Saturday, March 30th to pick up your donations.

The Scouts are especially interested in collecting donations of nutritious food, as many of those going hungry are children that need healthy food for proper development and growth. The most needed items are canned proteins, soups, vegetables, and fruits, as well as grains like pasta and rice. The Scouts also advise that hygiene products are also in high need. However, please avoid donating items in glass containers.

The Scouts partner with over 50 local food banks and the Scouting for Food drive collects more than 500,000 cans of food each year. Why now? The holidays are behind us, and the food banks are starting to run low – but the needs are still high. Last year, Queen Anne Scouts collected over 600 pounds of donations from Queen Anne residents.

If you receive a door hanger and would like to donate, just leave your donations in a visible location outside your front door or by the base of your mailbox by 10am on Saturday, March 30th.

St Alphonsus Parish School Completes Queen Anne Food Bank Drive in Time for Thanksgiving

St. Alphonsus Parish School is located in Ballard, but Queen Anne owes them a thank you for helping out the Queen Anne Food Bank this holiday season. Students from St. Alphonsus collected non-perishable food items throughout the month of November to donate to the Queen Anne Food Bank. The school chose to help out QAFB because it recently re-opened after closing its doors last Spring due to lack of support and the school wanted to make sure their donations went to local recipients.

The food drive began November 1st and ended at the school’s Thanksgiving Luncheon. The students’ total donations amounted to 1,520 food items delivered just in time for Thanksgiving meals.

Thank you, St. Alphonsus Parish School & Happy Thanksgiving!

National Doughnut Day at Top Pot today

Just a friendly reminder to swing by the Queen Anne Top Pot Doughnuts today to participate in their National Doughnut Day celebrations. They’ll be prizes and festivities, and if you head over before noon, the doughnut shop will be collecting non-perishable food items for Northwest Harvest (bring all donation items to Top Pot by 12 p.m. today).

Fun doughnut-y fact: National Doughnut Day was started by the Salvation Army back in 1938 to honor women who served doughnuts to World War I soldiers.

National Doughnut Day food drive at Top Pot Friday

This Friday, June 3 is National Doughnut Day (yes, it’s a real thing), started by the Salvation Army back in 1938 to honor women who served doughnuts to World War I soldiers. This year Queen Anne’s own Top Pot Doughnuts has decided to get back to the roots of National Doughnut Day and find a way to use it to give back to those in need in the community.

Top Pot has decided to spread the days’ “doughnut-y cheer” by partnering with Northwest Harvest to run a NDD food drive at all of its locations.

From 6 a.m. to noon on Friday Top Pot will be collecting non-perishable food donations for Northwest Harvest. There will also be a number of fun giveaways at the cafe throughout the day as part of the NDD celebrations.

So get ready to enjoy a good doughnut or two for National Doughnut Day, and don’t forget to bring a donation with you.

Bartell Drugs will ‘Stock the Pantry’ to feed kids

Summertime means that kids who depend on free school meals might not have access to food. Bartell Drugs is turning to the community to help “Stock the Pantry” to feed kids. The third annual food drive starts Monday at all Bartell Drugs locations, including the two in the neighborhood, at 1929 Queen Anne Ave N and 600 1st Ave N.

The two-week drive “focuses on replenishing food bank, meal program and school food stocks in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties during summer months–when families that normally depend on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home,” the press release states.

Food donations benefit Northwest Harvest. “In 2010, over 450,000 children (almost half of all students) across the state were eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch during the school year,” said Shelley Rotondo, executive director of Northwest Harvest. “Of those children, only nine-percent participated in a summer meal program last year due in part to transportation issues, the availability of feeding sites, and other factors. This really highlights the need for a summer food drive that benefits children.”

“Stamp Out Hunger” food drive this Saturday

The National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, the largest food drive in the nation, is happening this Saturday, May 14.

To donate items place a bag of non-perishable food by your mailboxes for local letter carriers to collect. The employees bring the food back to their home base, the Interbay Postal Station, where it is loaded into totes to be sorted and delivered to local food banks.

Preferred items include canned meats, fish, soup, vegetables; bottled juice, pasta, cereal and rice that do not require refrigeration. Please do not include items that have expired or are in glass containers.

Food Lifeline is seeking volunteers to staff the Interbay Postal Station from 1:30-6:00 pm Saturday to help unload the food from the mail vehicles and place it in totes.  You can sign up to volunteer by clicking here and selecting Interbay Postal Station.

Queen Anne Scouts go “Scouting for Food”

Queen Anne’s Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts are once again going “Scouting for Food,” an annual food drive put on by The Boy Scouts of America. The event is put on every March because food banks are historically at their lowest levels between the more traditional food drive times of Christmas and Easter, and in the greatest need.

This Saturday, March 19, scouts will be canvassing Queen Anne homes, leaving door hangers with information about hunger in the community and soliciting for donations of food, toiletries and diapers. The scouts will then return next Saturday, March 26, to pick up all donations. Those interested in making a donation should leave bags or boxes with donated items on their doorsteps, clearly marked with the words “Scouting for Food” or the door hanger taped in a visible place. All donations will go to the Queen Anne Helpline and Ballard Food Bank.

Last year the Queen Anne scouts raised over 1,050 pounds of foods for both organizations. For information on recommended donation items, see the Ballard Food Bank’s wish list. For more information on Scouting for Food and how to get involved, click here.