Just a few days before Thanksgiving, while preparing to face the biggest day of the year, the Rainier Valley Food Bank was ripped-off last year by burglars hauling $2000 worth of food intended for the Seattle’s needy. The Southend community responded by leading efforts to raise funds and restock shelves. Within three days, the community had raised over $70,000 in cash and $30,000 in food. Inspired by this passionate goodwill, SouthendSeattle.com, a grassroots online magazine geared toward South Seattle, has created the Rainier Valley Food Bank Southend Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 20th, to celebrate the community, and help take on what are expected to be record crowds.
Sam Osborne, Executive Director of the food bank said, “We are deeply grateful and so thrilled to host SouthendSeattle’s Volunteer Day at Rainier Valley Food Bank! November 20th will likely be the busiest day of our busiest year on record.“ He said, “We could potentially serve over 700 households that day, and we will not stop until the last person in line has received what they need to have a great Thanksgiving.”
There are two shifts available to volunteers: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., or 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The effort so far has attracted almost 50% more volunteers than helped last year, but many more are needed and appreciated. “Those who volunteer with us become an integral part of living our vision of ‘community feeding community, ’” said Osborne. To sign up for a shift, volunteers can log on to the sign up page on Southend Seattle or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MLK Business Association and HomeSight have teamed up with SouthendSeattle.com to enlist local businesses such as Tony’s Bakery, Tutta Bella and Columbia City Bakery to help feed hungry volunteers during their shifts. Additional sponsors include SBS Imports providing beverages, and The Sunbreak and Rainier Valley Post providing advertising support.
For more information, contact:
- Maia Segura, SouthendSeattle.com at 206-898-7090 or Maia@SouthendSeattle.com
- Sam Osborne, Rainier Valley Food Bank at 206-723-4105 or Sam@RVFB.org