The Grocery Delivery Program is an important part of our Food Bank work, as many individuals and families are not physically able to make it to our Wallingford location. In 2011, we made 2,640 deliveries to be sure that they received healthy, fresh food. Please call the Food Bank line at (206) 694-6723 to see if you are eligible to receive delivery of groceries. Must reside in FamilyWorks Food Bank zip codes: 98103, 98115, 98133, 98107.
A Word From Ava, Our Food Bank Manager
My name is Ava Dowell and I am the food bank manager at FamilyWorks. In addition to our walk-in food bank program, we have a home delivery service which delivers twice monthly to Greenlake Plaza, a Seattle Housing Authority building.
A substantial number of our communities most vulnerable people regularly experience hunger because they cannot physically access neighborhood food banks and meal programs. This problem is particularly severe among public housing residents for whom age, disability, serious illness and extreme poverty, as well as language and cultural issues, create tremendous barriers to accessing emergency food.
A recent survey of seven subsidized housing sites for seniors and people living with disabilities found that 54 percent of the 188 households surveyed were food insecure, unable acquire enough food at some point, because of insufficient money or a lack of resources for food. Fully 21 percent were classified as having very low food security. Food intake was reduced and their eating patterns disrupted because the household had inadequate access to healthy food. Six of the seven sites surveyed were Seattle Housing Authority buildings, including Greenlake Plaza.
FamilyWorks and Adobe employee volunteers plus the food bank staff coordinate grocery bags twice a month for delivery. Our food bags consist of, fresh fruit and vegetables, oatmeal, rice, dry powdered milk, granola, canned goods, pasta and bread. However, residents still face significant barriers to accessing healthy foods. Low fruit and vegetable intake and a high rate of chronic conditions that warrant more attention to this vulnerable population.
You, as our community, can help us to continue to nourish our clients and help close the gap by responding to their needs through generous donations of food, time and money.