The Eastlake Community Council is again sponsoring a holiday drive for the University District Food Bank.
Collection barrels will be available from Dec 1 – 18 at:
Eastlake Coffee Cafe, 2245 Eastlake Ave E.,
Otter Bar and Burger, 2379 Eastlake Ave E.,
Pete’s Super, 58 E. Lynn St. will have a collection barrel through Jan 1, 2021.
Year-round drop-off at Lake Union Mail, 117 E. Louisa Ave will begin after Christmas (as there is not enough space during Christmas).
Needed food items include canned fruit; chicken, tuna, and salmon; soups and stews; peanut or other nut butters; shelf stable milk and alternatives; cereal; cooking oil; and baby formula.
Also needed are toiletries (bar soap, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, safety razors, shaving cream, etc.), diapers (especially for older babies), reusable shopping bags, and pet food.
University District Food Bank was started in 1983. For more than 37 years the Food Bank has provided free and nutritious food to anyone who is hungry and resides in Eastlake’s zip code, 98102, or in other northeast Seattle zip codes. Funds are also needed. To donate on-line: https://www.udistrictfoodbank.org/donate/ The U District Food Bank is located at 5017 Roosevelt Way, Seattle 98105.
COVID has impacted the work of the Food Bank. The Food Bank added a second day to their Home Delivery program to accommodate the near tripling of Home Delivery customers. Each week they deliver groceries (Wednesdays and Saturdays) to 500 households in their Home Delivery program.
Since COVID hit they’ve replaced more than 50% of their 250 weekly volunteers.
They’ve added 10 hours of service to accommodate changes they’ve made to their grocery distribution. They changed from a grocery store style of shopping model to volunteers shopping for Food Bank customers based on customers’ food preferences.
At their recent auction, they featured a video which details the changes they’ve made to operations due to COVID-19. It can be viewed HERE.
Thanks for helping the less fortunate!
Editor’s note: This post was updated Nov. 25 to included the extended drop-off days at Pete’s Super.