Before 2020 is too much further back in the rearview mirror, the West Seattle Food Bank shares these words of thanks:
We’d like to take a moment to celebrate you and all of our neighbors who supported us in 2020. Through your time, helpful words and actions, and donations, you have shown that the West Seattle community is there for one another.
While the past year has been one of the greatest challenges in our history, we have seen so many neighbors work together to find thoughtful and creative ways to bring food and financial support to the community.
You have given us so much joy this year and have helped us stay hopeful through all the ups and downs. In 2020, over 3,000 neighbors gave the West Seattle Food Bank their first gift and joined our resilient network of supporters. We have missed many longtime volunteers who have been kept away from COVID-19 but have been fortunate to have around 240 new volunteers during that time. Almost three times as many people donated instead of gifts for birthdays or other holidays. We received gifts from Germany and near the upstairs apartments, reminding us that our West Seattle community is more than a geographic location.
Together in 2020 we have:
– Expansion of our home delivery program from 100 deliveries per week to 400 deliveries per week
-Increased our rent and utility financial aid program by 200%
– Our food distribution has been adapted to an outdoor shopping model so that neighbors can choose the groceries they need while staying safe and distant
– Our clothesline times have been adjusted so that the neighbors can shop more flexibly
– And most importantly, we helped our neighbors stay safe, full, housed and healthy.
As the late Mr. Rogers once shared, his mother told him to “seek helpers if he wanted solace in uncanny times. You can always find people to help. “The past year has shown that West Seattle is a community of helpers. To see this commitment to help others warm our hearts and strengthen our spirits as the work continues. We are grateful every day to be part of such a strong and caring community. Thank you for your commitment to helping your neighbors!
If you are still able to help or if you need help, all information is available on the WSFB website.