Food Bank Facts:
When is the Food Bank open? Fridays from 10:30 A.M. to Noon.
Where? Parish Hall of Blessed Sacrament Church, 5050 8th NE, Seattle, WA 98105
What is provided? The Food Bank provides food to any registered household. Typically families select from among the following: canned vegetables, soup, fruit, and beans; packaged drinks, cereal, candy, cookies, and crackers; fresh fruit, potatoes, onions, apples and/or oranges; rice or pasta; ramen; frozen meat or fish and other frozen products such as juice or ice cream; dessert; and fresh dairy products such as milk and yogurt. At times non-food items such as toilet paper or toothpaste are also available. The quantity given varies with the size of the household.
Who may receive food? We will register any household within the parish boundaries—which are the Ship Canal on the south, 1st Avenue NE on the west, NE 70th St. on the north, and on the east a line following 20th Avenue NE south from NE 70th to Ravenna Blvd. then southeast to 25th Avenue NE then south to Montlake Blvd. and the Ship Canal. We also serve anyone who is a registered parishioner at Blessed Sacrament Church. For registration, ID and proof of residence are required for each person being counted in a household. Disabled persons may arrange for a food delivery.
Who are the workers? They are all volunteers! Over 30 people volunteer time each week collecting, preparing, and distributing food for the food bank. None receives any pay! In fact, several also donate money or supplies to help keep the Food Bank running. While many are parishioners at Blessed Sacrament, several come from other Catholic parishes or are of Protestant, Jewish, or other beliefs. Anyone wishing to volunteer may show up at the Parish Hall between 8:30 and 10 AM any Friday.
Who sponsors and manages the Food Bank? For over 25 years on behalf of Blessed Sacrament Church the parish Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has sponsored and managed the Food Bank. The current co-managers, John and Jerene Morford, are conference members. They may be contacted at 206-523-0823.
Where does the food come from? We keep two trucks busy several days a week collecting food from various sources. Some of the food is donated while the rest is purchased. Donors of food include Food Lifeline, a primary source, Safeway, another major donor, Rising Sun Produce, other area food suppliers, and individual parishioners. Monetary support for buying food comes from collections each fifth Sunday at parish masses, from SVDP Conference members, and from several generous individuals, some of whom used the Food Bank or volunteered themselves in earlier years.
Why do these donors and volunteers give of their time and resources to provide this Food Bank for those in our area in need of help? There are many reasons; however, most do it to follow the commandment that we love one another as God loves us.
All donations made to the Food Program are restricted for use and cannot be used for any purpose other than our Friday Food Bank or Sunday Dinner for those in need. Our food program is run 100% by dedicated volunteers which means that 100% of your donation is used for this designated purpose.
Thank you for your support.