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Vashon Maury Community Food Bank 

Description

We serve nearly 15% of Vashon residents every year. We are a vital support for our community, providing an important source of basic food, and some toiletries, to anyone struggling to afford basic life essentials (rent, utilities, medicine, etc) and food.

We are open for general distribution every week, and offer customized Home Delivery service to those that cannot make it in to the Food Bank directly. We are launching a Kids Summer Meal Program in 2014.

We grow a significant portion of fresh produce through our Farm and Garden in so we can to offer highly nutritious fresh food to those in need.

Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank to work in partnership with the community to provide, without judgment, food, food programs and other related services to those in need.
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Vashon Maury Community Food Bank
PO Box 1205 
Vashon 
WA
98070-1205 
(206) 463-6332 

Ms. Yvonne Pitrof 
Executive Director 

Programs

Vashon Maury Community Food Bank Programs

Weekly Food Distribution. We are open for food distribution to anyone in need every week. We offer a self select shopping experience rather than a pre-bagged selection to make sure that people have choice and can most appropriately meet their dietary requirements or restrictions. We value a welcoming and supportive atmosphere and work to make everyone's experience as positive as possible. We are a true community organization that is here for any one of us if or when the need arises. We serve an average of almost 200 families each week throughout the year.

Home Delivery Program. We offer a home delivery program to those that are unable to make it to the Food Bank themselves during our normal distribution hours. We make extensive notes regarding each family's dietary restrictions and preferences so that we can tailor the bags to better meet the needs of the people we are serving. We have a team that puts these bags together weekly and then delivers them in our unmarked food bank van to our homebound clients.

Kids Summer Meal Program.  23% of kids in the Vashon School District receive free/reduced priced breakfasts and lunches during the school year. What happens when summer is out? We will be making summer a picnic this year with picnic lunches for Vashon kids at various park locations throughout the summer.

Food Bank Farm and Garden. We operate a Food Bank Garden on-site as well as a 2 acre off-site farm. We offer our customers and really anyone in the community a chance to help out in the Farm or Garden while learning about growing your own fresh produce. This program has been a huge success in our continued goal of increasing the nutritional value and offerings of Food Bank groceries.

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

Growing Our Own Produce. We have turned a new corner in working to increase the nutritional value of what we have to offer. We installed a large, year-round working Food Bank garden at our Food Bank site. This garden is volunteer based, drawing from many facets of our community, including many of our clients. 

We also started an off-site Food Bank Farm project in which we are planting some farm crops. These projects give us a unique and incredibly nutritious fresh source of produce for those in our community that can hardly afford to even look in the produce section of our local grocery store. Our fresh produce offers the best nutrition we could ever hope to give people. We have designed this program to supply our own shelves and be able to share excess produce with other food banks in South King County.

Watch for reports of our success with the launch of our new Kids Summer Meal Program in 2014.

We would love general funding as well as funding to increase our capacity. We currently operate with 1 full time staff and 3 part-time staff. Currently, 90% of our funding comes directly from our community.

Evaluation


The mission of the Vashon Maury Community Food Bank is to work in partnership with the community to provide, without judgment, food, food programs, and other related services to those in need.

Proven Success
The Vashon Maury Community Food Bank provides food as often as weekly to anyone in need on the Island. Nearly 15% of Vashon residents request assistance per year through their general distribution and home delivery programs. In 2011 they provided groceries for 9735 household visits, equivalent to over 239,000 meals.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
VMCFB works diligently to unsure that services are as accessible as possible to anyone in the community that might need it. They provide a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere. They also offer a Home Delivery Program for those that cannot make it to general distribution times.

Partnerships and Collaboration
The Food Bank participates in the South King County Food Coalition, The Vashon Social Services Network, the Washington Food Coalition, and is a member of Northwest Harvest and Food Lifeline. Staff and volunteers work closely with Island service providers and churches to reach community members in need. Non-perishable emergency bags are available via these organizational partners outside of regular distribution hours.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/15/2013 $30,000.00support infrastructure and operations at the new Food Bank farm site.
3/10/2013 $10,000.00provide general operating support.
3/10/2012 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
12/10/2007 $7,500.00support general operating expenses.
3/16/2005 $5,000.00support general operating expenses.

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