Weekend Food for Kids Program
This was our second year working with Ballard Food Bank and Queen Anne Presbyterian Church (QAPC) to coordinate the Weekend Food for Kids program. In partnership with four local schools we provided pre-packed bags of nutritious food for kids who may be experiencing food insecurity over the weekends. This year we were able to include several perishable items, adding to the nutritional value of the meals. We were also able to provide an extra bag of food for students to take home over school breaks.
The program was hugely successful:
- 49 students served
- 1,405 bags and 9,835 meals delivered
- $12,645 worth of food provided
Weekend Food for Kids would not be possible without a fabulous cadre of volunteers who deserve huge thanks. Lori Ramage and Charity Gallipo-Crane picked up boxes of food while Lee Scovern and Janis Hart delivered the packed bags to the schools to distribute. Additionally, 90 people helped at our bi-weekly packing parties, working a total of 2,220 hours! Among these volunteers were Girl Scouts and Daisy Scouts, members of the Queen Anne Rotary, and local students acquiring service hours. QAPC parishioners also packed on alternating weekends. Finally, Brooke Graham Doyle and Mary Williamson from QAPC ensured that there was space to store the food and pack the bags. We received financial support from QAPC and through a generous grant from the Safeway Foundation; our deepest gratitude to both.
Queen Anne Helpline sends a huge THANK YOU to all involved with this wonderful program! And we look forward to starting it back up again in the fall.
(image of a card made by a Daisy Scout who helped at one of our packing parties this year )