The COVID pandemic is impacting us all in some obvious ways: public and private schools are closed at least through April 24, businesses of all types have seen their clientele evaporate as people practice “social distancing”, store shelves are emptied of essentials like toilet paper and disinfectants.
It’s also impacting some of the most vulnerable in unexpected ways. FamilyWorks Food Bank and Family Resource Center, which provides essential groceries to elderly, poor and homeless in our community, gets much of the food donations they share with those in need as surplus from local food stores, but those donations have suddenly diminished.
Joy Ashenbrenner of Familyworks explained
“We don’t have a definitive reason why, just our best guess. We typically receive donations from a number of grocery stores – Wallingford QFC, PCC, Safeway Roosevelt, Fred Meyer Greenwood, Shoreline Market – as well as NW Harvest and Food Lifeline. Our suspicion for why their donations are down is that the stores don’t have as much overstock to donate to us, and the pantries (NW Harvest & Food Lifeline) aren’t seeing the same level of grocery rescue items which they would normally donate to us. Definitely not an issue of contamination.”
FamilyWorks needs our help during the coronavirus pandemic! As the impact of coronavirus in Seattle has increased, FamilyWorks has seen a reduction in donations of fresh groceries and non-perishable foods to their food banks. If you’re looking for a way to make an immediate difference for some of those that are most affected by coronavirus, please join me in donating to the FamilyWorks food banks today: https://
This has impacted FamilyWorks’ ability to provide Emergency “No-Cook” Food Bags, PowerPacks for local students, and grocery delivery to seniors and home-bound adults. As the situation evolves, they expect to see further disruption to their food banks, and increased hardship on their participants.
To help keep you safe during this time of uncertainty, the food bank will be distributing pre‑packed grocery bags outside of the rear doors of the building. Perishable items will be added to the bag depending on availability, including fresh produce, meat, dairy, and bread.