The Emergency Feeding Program and the North Helpline Food Banks in Lake City and Bitter Lake have been called on to steadily increase their services this last year. Now they are facing July and August, which are
ordinarily very heavy months.
Lake City and Bitter Lake Food Banks have changed their distribution process to concur with pandemic safety rules. Where they formerly invited recipients to come inside to choose the food they need, with a grocery store model, they now distribute boxes to people outside the food banks. Additionally, the food banks deliver around 200 food boxes to elderly or incapacitated folks who are unable to come to pick them up. They also have on hand such items as baby diapers and formula for those who often need them the last week of each month.
The Emergency Feeding Program has picked up the assembly of the 48 food packs normally done by our church families, under the Hunger Outreach program, with the guidance of Lisa and Bart Klingler. In addition to the special two-day food packs for varying dietary needs, delivered to social service, ethnic and medical agencies for their clients, EFP has added a drive-by pick up service of a box of food. The boxes include bread, fresh foods and some canned foods, picked up at its loading dock in Renton, and some days in South Seattle. On Fridays it is open only to service agencies which are invited to “Shop the Dock” for what is available for them to take to their programs.
As the programs we support do more for those who otherwise would go hungry each month, we must also do more. We must do this despite the loss of income from our usual Share the Harvest Table, although we hope to find a way to have this at least once this summer.
For your ongoing help to those who are struggling to keep their families fed (many for the first time) and to the
agencies which are expanding their work to make this
happen—thank you for your generous support of our wider community!
If you wish to donate, please see the Church’s web page at universityucc.org, to use the dedicated donation page. You may also send a check to the church and specify Hunger Outreach on the memo line. Thank you for your much needed giving to feed hungry people!
For more information on these groups, see their websites—www.northhelpline.org or www.emergencyfeeding.org.