Highline Food Bank Needs Your Help; Ways You Can Help

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We’ve all seen, heard and felt the rumblings of the roller coaster ride of an economy, job losses and other signs of the apocalypse, but it really hits harder when you find out your own neighbors are going hungry.

The Highline Area Food Bank, which serves most of Burien, is in dire need now, as their supplies have never been lower (EDITOR’S NOTE: Our last “Blog Party” doubled as a fundraiser for both the Highline and White Center Food Banks, but they need more help now!).

Ways you can help:

  • Hold your own food drive (see below for details on how to do it)
  • Donate cash directly to the food bank (they can get better deals than most so cash is crucial!)
  • Volunteer to help at the food bank
  • Call them and pitch your own ideas: 206-433-9900

Recently we checked in with Mike Werle, Executive Director, and he gave us this rather sad update:

As we believed a couple months back things were going to get worse.

We normally average about 65-75 family visits every day were open but last week and a half have been crazy as we served 273 family units.

Our supply of food has never been this low before at this time of year so we have had to start spending more money to purchase food. We’ve started to see some local food drives kick in but so far they have generated less food than in years past.

Times are tough all over. I guess if you spread the word on the Blog it would help.

One thing that would help us is more local food drives. It doesn’t take much effort for a group or organization to host one. We already have relationships with most of the local Stores (Fred Meyer, Safeway, Albertsons, QFC, & Grocery Outlet) and they are usually more than willing to allow groups to set up in front of the store to do food drives as long as there is no other conflict that day.

Local businesses might challenge others to see who can collect the most food in a given time frame.  Just a few thoughts.

We are still in need of a pick up route driver on Fridays and Saturday. People interested could call me at the food Bank.

Thanks for interest and keep up the great work on the B-Town Blog.  It’s always a great read and a great source of info.

Mike Werle

The Highline Area Food Bank is located at 18300 4th Ave South in Burien:

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3 Responses to “Highline Food Bank Needs Your Help; Ways You Can Help”
  1. John Nelson says:

    Another way you can help is to run the new Cove to Clover 5K running race. Proceeds will benefit the Highline Area Food Bank and there's a beer garden at the end to boot. Also, there's a one mile long kid's race as well.

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  2. andy smith says:

    my family and I were thinking of contributing to the food bank by shopping at winco and then donating the food. would you suggest that it would be more helpful if we donated the money directly (although winco is insanely cheap). Also, what kinds of food do you need?
    we'd love to help. 🙂

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  3. You can also drop off non-perishible food at our store, Page 2 BOOKS, 15706 1st Ave S., Burien (206-248-7248) anytime Monday-Saturday 10-6p.m. We deliver to Highline FoodBank every Tuesday morning. They are currently requesting canned meat, along with baby food and other non-perishibles.

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