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White Center Emergency Food Association 

Description

White Center Emergency Food Association, dba White Center Food Bank (WCFB) provides emergency food assistance in West Seattle, White Center and Burien. In 2013 WCFB served 63,065 individuals / 20,677 families;95% of our families qualify as very-low income (less than 30% of median income for King County, WA). White Center Food Bank serves a highly diverse client base: 28% Caucasian, 25.3% Hispanic, 16.8% Asian, 3% American Indian, 1% Pacific Islander, 10.7% African American, 15.2% Multi-Racial. Over 36% of our clients are under age 18 while 14.6% are over age 55. Last year we saw a steep increase in seniors and children in need of food. 

Mission Statement
The mission of the White Center Food Bank is to minimize hunger, while nourishing community, nurturing self-reliance and embracing our rich cultural diversity.
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White Center Emergency Food Association
10829 8th Ave SW 
Seattle 
WA
98146-2225 
(206) 762-2848 

Mr. Richard A. Jump 
Executive Director 

Programs

White Center Emergency Food Association Programs

White Center Food Bank provides the following services:    
  • Food distributions: three day-time food distributions per week, one seniors-only distribution per week, one Saturday distribution and two evening distributions per month. 
  • Our Baby Pantry provides diapers, baby foods, formula and baby equipment for children.  
  • The WCFB Mobile Food Bank currently delivers fresh foods to 3 senior/disabled persons’ housing complexes for those seniors and disabled persons that are not able to reach our physical location due to poor health or advanced age.  
  • Home deliveries for home-bound, infirm clients.
  • Weekly cooking instruction for clients provides our clients with healthy recipes and cooking advice on how to use the products we have on our shelves.   
  • Our Healthy Food Gift Certificate Program provides each client/family with a $5 certificate to purchase fresh and culturally familiar produce at 3 White Center family/ immigrant owned markets. On average, clients are able to purchase approximately 8 pounds of produce with each gift certificate.    
  • Demonstration/harvesting gardens located on the grounds of WCFB provide fresh produce for our distributions, and clients are able to harvest seasonally the available produce. Additionally, a garden in cooperation with King County Parks is located near-by at White Center Heights Park where any community resident may garden and are encouraged to donate their produce to WCFB.
  • Cultural foods purchasing program to meet the cultural and dietetic needs of our diverse client base. 
  • In-take services provided in Spanish, English, Vietnamese, Chinese and Arabic.  

Recent Successes and Current Challenges

The need in our community remains strong for our services. Our Mobile Food Bank Program now serves 500 seniors and disabled clients per month at three sites. At each distribution all clients are provided with fresh milk, eggs, proteins (meat including Halal option). Our Healthy Food Gift Certificate Program has a redemption rate of over 75% providing our clients with fresh, healthy produce they would not otherwise have access to. In 2013, volunteers donated over 16,000 hours of time to provide over 1.5 million pounds of food to our clients.

Evaluation


White Center Emergency Food Association, also known as White Center Food Bank (WCFB), provides emergency food assistance to residents of White Center, Highline, Boulevard Park and Southwest Seattle. They have seen an 80% increase in need for their services since the start of the recession.

Proven Success
Every client who comes to the food bank receives a $5.00 voucher once a month through the Healthy Food Gift Certificate Program, which can be used at three different markets in White Center to obtain fresh fruits or vegetables. The markets are immigrant owned and have the produce many of their clients are seeking at affordable prices. The Healthy Food Gift Certificate Program has a 75% redemption rate.

Their Mobile Food Bank Program delivers food to three senior and disabled low-income housing complexes, twice a week in an effort to serve individuals who are unable to come to the food bank. At Arrowhead Gardens they served 80 individuals in their first delivery. They have projected that they will be serving nearly 80% of the renters in 400 units once the building has full occupancy. An additional delivery program will be set in motion once the apartment complex is ready for occupancy. By year end, they expect to serve 3,600 seniors and disabled persons through the Mobile Food Bank Program.

Accessibility and Cultural Competency
WCFB serves a diverse community with 43% of their clients being Hispanic and 15% Asian/Pacific Islander. They seek out foods that are culturally relevant and address dietary needs, including Halal meat for Muslim families. Agency materials are printed in four languages, and they recruit volunteers who can assist with language needs during distribution. They have recently hired staff who speak Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic to do intake.

Partnerships and Collaboration
WCFB partners with Food Lifeline, Northwest Harvest, Westside Baby, and the South King County Food Bank Coalition. They are located next to King County Public Health which offers them cooking demonstrations using the food bank’s ingredients. Additionally, a community garden is located near the food bank where residents may garden and donate their produce to WCFB.

Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:

Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:

DateAmountPurpose
12/15/2013 $25,000.00support the Healthy Food Gift Certificate Program.
3/10/2013 $10,000.00provide general operating support.
3/10/2011 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/10/2009 $10,000.00support general operating expenses.
6/16/2005 $10,000.00support the capital campaign.

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