Mt. Si Food Bank Programs
Mt Si Food Bank recognizes that good nutrition has a direct impact on the quality and health of each individual. Following are a few of our programs that provide opportunities for our clients to live a healthy life:
In 2011, we started the Summer Cupboard program. This program offers families that have children enrolled in the free or reduced meal program with the school district to receive breakfast and lunch items in addition to their regular groceries during the weeks of summer.
Food Sense Educator
We partner with the Washington State University extension program and work with a nutrition specialist every month. Weekly visit from a food sense educator provide our clients with nutrition information as well as opportunities to sample healthy recipes made with available ingredients for that week.
Share your Harvest Program
We partner with several local community gardens, individual gardeners and local farms to support our Share your Harvest Program. Donations of fresh produce are shared with our neighbors in need and the entire community benefits. Financial contributions can be made to our Share your Harvest Program throughout the year to support the purchase of fresh produce.
Our Snoqualmie Valley clients may shop for groceries (Wednesdays from 9:30 am - 6:30 pm) weekly and choose from healthy options including fresh dairy and produce each week. The food bank distributes approximately 18,000 lbs of food weekly.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
We are grateful for the support that we receive from our small community especially our outstanding volunteers. For 2012, volunteers accrued 14,000 hours supporting the work we do at Mt Si Food Bank.
We have a limited number of grocery rescue locations. In order to meet the needs of our food insecure neighbors we rely on financial support from our community to purchase food to fill the need. As our number of clients continue to increase so does our demand for food. We appreciate all the support that we get from our community.