PRLC Food Bank 2017 Thanksgiving Distribution

The Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank is preparing for its annual Thanksgiving distribution. We will supply area families with all the elements of a Thanksgiving feast, including a turkey (or a chicken for smaller families).

If you would like to help make this distribution possible, click on this link for a list of volunteer activities and a shopping list.

If you would like to register to receive a Thanksgiving Box, follow these steps:

  1. Call the food bank at 206-784-7964 at one of these times: October 30, 31, or November 1; or the following week on November 6, 7, or 8, 2017; between 5:00-7:00 pm. You will be asked for your name, address, and the number of adults and children in your household.
  2. Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church (7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103) on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 between 12:00-3:00 pm to pick up and take home the box which has been prepared for you.

If you miss your chance to pre-register for a Thanksgiving Box, you  may still be able to receive one. Come to Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. At that point we will give away any unclaimed boxes from the day’s distribution. Historically, we have almost always been able to provide Thanksgiving Boxes to everyone who wants one, so your chances are good.

Blessings on you and on the people you love.

2017 Food Bank Thanksgiving Distribution

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Phinney Ridge Food Bank is preparing for holiday distribution activities.  We hope that you will help us serve the needy families that will visit our Food Bank this Thanksgiving.  Here is the Thanksgiving Distribution Schedule:

Oct 29 to Nov 19, 2017
Click here for a pdf of the shopping list.  Please purchase the items on the list and bring them in by Sunday, November 19, 2017.

MTW Oct 30-Nov 1 and MTW Nov 6-8, 2017, 5:00-7:00 pm
Volunteer to man our phone lines as we take reservations for the November 21 distribution.

Nov 5-21, 2017
Bake cookies and bring them to the church kitchen.  Cookies and coffee will be served to the clients who are waiting for their boxes on the day of the distribution.

Mon Nov 20, 2017
7-9 pm:  Prepare the Fellowship Hall for distribution.  Includes bringing out cases of canned goods and other non-perishable items.  There will be lots of projects that families can do together.

Tues Nov 21, 2017
9-11
am- Pack boxes for distribution to needy families.
11-12 ish:  Lunch
12-4 pm:  Distribution
3:30-5 pm: Cleanup

Consider donating a large turkey to the food bank.  With low-cost turkey offers beginning to be advertised, we will gladly make room in our freezer to accommodate a big bird. Twenty-plus-pound birds are in great demand for large families.

Take part in any or all events.  Please sign up on this Sunday’s Count Me In form.  If you have questions, please contact  member Jo-Ann Cress or Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher.

 

Thanksgiving Distribution Shopping List

As a continuing ministry to our neighbors, the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank will distribute Thanksgiving meal boxes on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Each box contains the ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner. Below is a list of items that will be included in each box. (A link to a pdf of the same list is also found below.) If you can help us fill those boxes, please bring your food contribution to PRLC as soon as possible, but no later than Sunday, November 19, 2017. 

_____    Cranberry sauce

_____    Canned evaporated milk

_____    Stuffing mix

_____    Canned pumpkin

_____    Canned corn

_____    Canned green beans

_____    Boxed dry pie crust mix (non-refrigerated)

_____    Jell-O

_____    Canned mandarin oranges

_____    Apple juice

_____    Olives (canned)

 

Food Bank Holiday Shopping List [pdf]

Thank you for making this a memorable holiday for those in need.

 

Food Bank in Urgent Need of Phone Volunteer

Our food bank operates on a reservation system, meaning clients call and let us know they’re coming in advance. These reservations allow our small food bank (and its stalwart volunteers) to operate efficiently. We’ve had a problem now for several weeks though: we do not have any volunteer in place at all to answer phones on 4th Mondays of the month! This work is vitally important both to food bank operations and to our clients, who are not sure what to do when they call to make a reservation and no one answers. If you can help out with this ministry once a month (or even less often, as a substitute), please contact member Jo-Ann Cress. Thank you!

 

Food Bank’s 2017 Thanksgiving Distribution

case-of-peasThe Phinney Ridge Food Bank is preparing for Thanksgiving and Christmas distribution activities. Here’s the schedule for November:

Now through November 19:       
Holiday shopping lists can be found below and in the Sunday morning bulletins. Please purchase the items on the list and bring them in by Sunday Nov. 19. Consider donating a large turkey! 20+ pound birds are in great demand, and we’ll gladly make room in the freezer for them.

November 5-20:  
Bake cookies and bring them to the church kitchen. (Cookies and coffee will be served to the clients who are waiting for their boxes on the day of the distribution.)

Monday, November 20:
Prepare the Fellowship Hall for distribution. There will be lots of projects that families can do together.

Tuesday, November 21:
9-11 am    Pack boxes for distribution to needy families
11am-12pm    Lunch
12-3 pm    Distribution
3-4 pm    Clean up

Take part in any or all events. If you have questions, contact PRLC member Jo-Ann Cress or Outreach Minister Patrick Meagher.

Thanksgiving Distribution Shopping List

 

Food Bank Holiday Shopping List

As a continuing ministry to our neighbors, the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Food Bank will distribute Thanksgiving meal boxes on November 24, 2015 to approximately 200 families. Each box contains the ingredients for a Thanksgiving dinner. Below is a list of items that will be included in each box. (A link to a pdf of the same list is also found below.) If you can help us fill those boxes, please bring your food contribution to PRLC as soon as possible, but no later than November 22, 2015. 

_____    Cranberry sauce

_____    Canned evaporated milk

_____    Stuffing mix

_____    Canned pumpkin

_____    Canned corn

_____    Canned green beans

_____    Boxed dry pie crust mix (non-refrigerated)

_____    Jell-O

_____    Canned mandarin oranges

_____    Apple juice

_____    Granulated sugar

Thanksgiving Distribution Shopping List [pdf]

Thank you for making this a memorable holiday for those in need.

 

Food Bank Needs Volunteer Truck Driver

PRLC’s Food Bank is in need of a volunteer driver to pick up its Food Lifeline order one Monday morning each month.

This task involves driving a 16-foot truck (provided by Chuck Cady Realtors) to and from Food Lifeline’s warehouse in Seattle’s SoDo district. The hours are roughly 7:30-9:30 am. If interested please contact current driver Don Thuring at 206-363-7055.

 

Outreach Update

~ Minister of Outreach Patrick Meagher

St. Francis Study

I have already begun a continuing education study of St. Francis that peaks with an international journey in July. My wife Jena and I will head to Italy, spending a week at a monastery in Assisi, and connecting with local St. Francis experts.

As I research in preparation for this unique experience, I’m further drawn to Francis as a man who made a lasting impact on the church by affixing himself to the simple, authentic glory of the Gospel.  I look forward to exploring these themes and bringing back the spirit of Francis to our work together at PRLC.
I’ll share more about this journey at PRLC’s annual celebration of St. Francis Sunday in October.  My journey to Assisi is made possible by my continuing education allotment and a grant from the PRLC Endowment Fund.  I’m grateful for all at PRLC who created and support those two invaluable resources.

Neighborhood Events Season

ArtWalk Wrap Up, Car Show Coming Up!

Beautiful weather and artwork combined once again to make for a wonderful Phinneywood ArtWalk in May.  Appreciation and gratitude are required for our artists: PRLC member Sallie Shippen, Staff Member Dallas Cooper, and long time neighborhood friends Matthew Herbener, Paisley O’Farrell, and Nancy Harris.  And special thanks to our cookie donors, as well as the kind individuals who volunteered to host the hospitality table.  Our welcome to the many visiting art walkers was warm and loving thanks to your efforts.

We’ll need your help again on June 27th.  The Greenwood Car Show is upon us and promises to be bigger than ever.  If you attend, be sure to stop by the PRLC front lawn and enjoy the blues and jazz band Left Turn on Blue, featuring PRLC members and friends.  “Left Turner” Scott Radford is also organizing other music to entertain the thousands of attendees throughout the day.  We’ll need a solid team of volunteers to put on our hospitality table, and another round of delicious home-baked or store-bought cookies.  Contact Patrick or look for sign up opportunities in the June Count Me In forms on Sundays.

Food Bank Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on June 7th

Calling all food bank volunteers, and others interested in learning more about our illustrious food bank program!  The Food Bank Mission team invites both groups to a volunteer appreciation and informational meeting at 11am (following 2nd service) on June 7.  A light lunch will be served, procedural updates and recent statistics discussed, and conversation about your volunteer experience encouraged.  This will be a great time to grow together as a food bank team, and also to share about our ministry to anyone interested in learning more.

Food Bank Volunteer Appreciation Event

Calling all food bank volunteers, and others interested in learning more about our illustrious food bank program!  The Food Bank Mission team invites both groups to a volunteer appreciation and informational meeting at 11am (following 2nd service) on June 7.

A light lunch will be served, procedural updates and recent statistics discussed, and conversation about your volunteer experience encouraged.  This will be a great time to grow together as a food bank team, and also to share about our ministry to anyone interested in learning more.

Food Bank Christmas Distribution a Success

Many thanks again to everyone who contributed to the “well oiled machine” that is our food bank Christmas distribution operation!

In four hours last December 23 we sent our clients home with just shy of 6,500 pounds of food—plus the kids all got a gift bag! We served 212 adults, 99 elder folk over 55 years of age, and 265 children ages birth to 17 years old.

Total families served was down a bit at 144 families (from Thanksgiving numbers of 168 families) for reasons unknown. Changes in neighborhood demographics may be the explanation.

Thanks be to God for allowing us all the abundances we are blessed with, that we can continue the ongoing tradition of PRLC Food Bank Giving! Thank you each and every person who gave so freely of their time, talents, dollars, gifts for the children, and muscle power to make it all a reality once again.

In service to others,

Jo-Ann, David, and Abigail Cress
Food Bank Volunteers