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!

Krav Maga Seattle hosting a Thanksgiving food drive for the Queen Anne Food Bank

KMS QAFBLocal business Krav Maga Seattle is hosting a food drive for the Queen Anne Food Bank (QAFB), to ensure its pantry is filled for the Thanksgiving holiday. And, in addition to helping QAFB, your donation can also help you with KMS classes and more.

The Queen Anne Food Bank is a key charity in the community, and Krav Maga Seattle (KMS) has selected it for their efforts to give back this year. The studio is asking for donations of both food and hygiene items by Thanksgiving Day.

KMS is also offering incentives for donors to get their donations in before the holiday, and to also meet it’s goal of 500 donated items:

– Non-KMS members who donate 4 or more of the QAFB’s most-needed items will receive one week of unlimited classes for free (fine print: applies to people who have never had a one-week trial at KMS)

– For each item donated by 11/26, the donor’s name will be entered into a raffle to win $100 to spend at the KMS Store

– If KMS hits its goal of 500 items, Head Instructor Chau Le will lead a series of weapons defense classes open to all KMS members in December

If you would like to donate to the KMS food drive for the Queen Anne Food Bank, here’s their list of 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, toilet paper, etc.)

Items can be dropped off at the KMS studio at 1009 8th Ave N during their business hours this week and next:

– Monday – Thursday: 3:30pm-9pm

– Friday: 11:30am-5:30pm

– Saturday: 9am-1pm

The studio is also open Thanksgiving Day, 9am-10:30am for last minute donations for the Queen Anne Food Bank.

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.

Volunteers needed at the Queen Anne Food Bank

QAFBThe Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart needs volunteers for several different positions that help keep the Food Bank operating and serving those in need.

If you’re interested in volunteering for any of the positions below, contact the Food Bank at 206.216.4102 or via email:

Food Bank Greeter
Every Thursday afternoon from 2 to 4 PM, volunteers greet food bank customers who arrive at the food bank to pick up groceries. Food bank greeters warmly welcome all clients and assist in any way needed, including restocking food and reading labels. One volunteer every food bank operates the intake system on the laptop as customers arrive.

QAFB VolunteerSandwich Maker
Sandwich makers are our earliest volunteer opportunity, starting at 7am every weekday morning. These volunteers put together sandwiches and bag lunches that will be handed out later that same day. Usually sandwich makers are done with their work by 8 or 8:15am. This enables many of our sandwich makers to volunteer before they go off to start their workday.

It is important for sandwich makers to be able to consistently arrive on time. King County Food Handler’s Permit required. Open positions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are especially fond of volunteers in this position who can be cheerful and bright-eyed in the early morning!

Kitchen Prep Cook
Cooks work as a team in the kitchen every weekday morning, 9am to noon. They chop vegetables for soup, peel eggs and bake meatloaf, among many other similar tasks. Kitchen prep staff also bags chips, crackers and fruit in preparation for the next day’s lunches.

This position requires a willingness to try new things, good teamwork skills and an appreciation for varying methods of completing the same task. Our best cooks express creativity when it comes to making a delicious meal out of whatever we have on hand. King County Food Handler’s Permit required, openings on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

QAFB Volunteers

Happy QAFB Volunteers!

Driver
Drivers leave with the Queen Anne Food Bank van at 8am every weekday to rescue groceries that would otherwise be wasted. We receive donations from coffee shops and grocery stores in the Queen Anne neighborhood. Drivers pick up these donations, load them into the van and deliver them to the food bank. Most drivers are done and ready to go home after an hour and a half from start time. We are looking for drivers on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Drivers must have a current driver’s license and a clean driving record. This positions requires the ability to lift boxes of up to 50 lbs and carry groceries down a flight of stairs. We also look for driving buddies, also known as “swampers,” who sit in the passenger seat and help the driver with loading and unloading of groceries.

The Queen Anne Food Bank is celebrating its one-year anniversary with a pancake breakfast

Why is a one-year milestone important for the Queen Anne Food Bank? Back in November 2011, the Food Bank was forced to close due to lack of funding – but thanks to the generosity of Sacred Heart’s parish country-wide and the Queen Anne community, the Queen Anne Food Bank reopened in February of last year, kicking off a year of food drives, a sack lunch program, and a well-stocked food bank for neighbors in need.

Fast-forward to today and the Queen Anne Food Bank at Sacred Heart is celebrating its first anniversary with a Pancake Breakfast on Wednesday, February 27. The breakfast kicks off at 8am in the basement of the Waldorf High School on the Sacred Heart Campus. The breakfast celebrates the QAFB clients, donors, volunteers and other community supporters – it’s a way to show appreciation for all of the efforts that contributed to the first year of the new Queen Anne Food Bank.

Queen Anne Food Bank
Fill the Truck Food Drive

The QAFB has invited all of its volunteers, benefactors and clients to the breakfast, and they want to spread the word to the broader community – all are who have helped in the past year or are interested in what the QAFB does, are welcome to attend. Just RSVP via email or at 206.216.4102.

If you’re wondering what exactly the QAFB does, it hosts two hunger programs, the Sack Lunch Program (Monday-Friday mornings), and the Food Bank (every Thursday afternoon). The QAFB serves the Belltown, Downtown and Queen Anne neighborhoods, distributing 500 sack lunches each week – with an anniversary total of 44,000 sandwiches!

Queen Anne Food Bank volunteers

One full-time QAFB staffer works alongside 56 active volunteers who range in age from 4 to 89 years old, and put in just as hours as four full-timers.  Nineteen Seattle schools have partnered with QAFB, and food donations come from community organizations such as the Queen Anne Farmers’ Market, Metropolitan Market, QFC, Safeway, Starbucks, Ten Mercer, Kaspar’s Catering, Pike Brewing Company, Caffe Ladro and Four Seasons.

Happy Anniversary to the Queen Anne Food Bank & many thanks to the volunteers, schools, and organizations that have made the first year such a success!

Call for volunteers – the Queen Anne Food Bank needs your help

If you’re looking for a new volunteer opportunity that helps our community, the Queen Anne Food Bank needs volunteers for its sack lunch program and afternoon greeter staffing.

The QAFB runs a sack lunch program, and it needs volunteers to make sandwiches for these lunches. QAFB sandwich makers are on a crew of 2-3 volunteers that put together sandwiches for the daily sack lunch program that serves over 100 lunches per day. Right now, they need volunteers for the Wednesday morning crew (6:30am-8am).

If that’s too early in the day for you, but you’d still like to chip in, the QAFB also needs volunteers to staff the QAFB on Thursday afternoons (1:45pm-4pm), ensuring a welcoming environment for those in need.

Contact Florence McCafferty via email or at 206.216.4102 for more information or to volunteer your time.

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!

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 florence@qafb.org or 206.216.4102.