Thanks to the Seattle Food Committee for hosting Food Driving Box at their monthly meeting and helping distribute FREE Food Driving Boxes to their supporters and community.
Since 1984, local emergency food providers have worked together to coordinate services in the struggle against hunger. Seattle Food Committee (SFC) members represent 27 food programs serving those in need of supplemental food. SFC works with food distributors and other service providers like the Food Driving Box program to coordinate and maximize the efficiency of Seattle’s emergency food system.
For more information on the Seattle Food Committee and supporting member Food Banks, please visit Seattle Food Committee’s website.
Please come celebrate back to school and say hello to extended summer weather with Food Driving Box and our neighbors in Northeast Seattle. When you join us for dinner we ask that you bring one non-perishable food item per person to keep the pantry stocked at the University District Food Bank.
It all happens at the Laurelhurst Salmon Bake on Thursday, September 11th from 5:30p-8p.
The Larry Jones Trio will keep the spirit lively as you enjoy alder grilled wild salmon, tangy coleslaw, juicy watermelon, fresh rolls and delicious chocolate brownies.
Adults $15 children 12 and under $10. Your choice of hotdogs, polish dogs, or garden burger only $5
Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 41st Ave NE St 98105
Each Friday, Seattle’s Hunger Intervention Program (HIP) distributes healthy food to over 200 kids and families in need through their Packs for Kids program.
Will you help us at Food Driving Box keep tummies full this summer? Specifically, Pack for Kids need the following items. Please use this shopping list to fill your Food Driving Box on your next grocery shopping trip:
- fruit cups/applesauce
- microwavable single serve meals
- microwavable single serve soup
- trail mix/granola bars
- dried fruit/fruit leather/fruit snacks
- 100% fruit juice
Donate food at the University District Food Bank or Laurelhurst Community Center.
University District Food Bank Donation Drop off Schedule and location:
Mon, Wed, Fri – 10a-3p; Tues, Thurs – 3p-8p
1413 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105
I’m not great at coupon-ing. I wish I were! I LOVE the idea of scoring a deal and making sure I have plenty on hand to keep the hungry faminals (that’s family+animals) at bay. So when I don’t have a stash of coupons on hand to stock up, I head to my local Safeway where they delight me with their 10 for $10 offers, the selection of good, healthy brands and more.
Our church had a local appeal from the neighborhood food bank whose shelves are bare, a common theme for food banks this time of year. The kids and I headed off to Safeway with a list, a budget and a mission. Our mission was to purchase as much healthy, protein-rich, yet yummy foods for the food bank for $50. Since we’re frequent food bank donors we felt like the $50 was both generous and gives us more to spend later in June when we’ll be running our own food drive.
I was so delighted to pick up the following food that will go directly to families that need it most in our neighborhood. Here’s what $50 bought me at my Seattle area Safeway. Incidentally, I asked the sweet gal at the bakery if she could sell me the day old bakery and bread items, but Safeway has a policy against this. I say no problem because they turn those items into croutons or yard waste and they daily donate what they can to their neighborhood food bank. She and her associate were very sensitive to the issue and that speaks volumes as far as I’m concerned, and I am.
Here’s what $50 bought us for our local Food Bank at Safeway:
- 10 cans meat and bean chili
- 2 huge family size boxes cheerios
- 2 regular size boxes whole grain cheerios – lightly sweetened for breakfast or a snack
- 2 family size cans progresso chicken noodle soup
- 5 low sodium cans black beans
- 3 monster size apple sauce ‘jugs’ in plastic containers, which food banks prefer so they don’t break
- 10 boxes Annie’s organic mac and cheese – my kids live for this
- 2 huge family style Bush’s baked beans with bacon – my hubby lives for THIS
- 48 double nature valley granola bars – I live for these!
Here’s what it all looks like:
As the month draws to a close the boxes are out, donations are in, and awareness about how we can all help drive away hunger in the Northwest is way, way up.THANK YOU SEATTLE!!! What an incredible place to call home and share community. And this week’s sun doesn’t hurt either!
xoxo from us at the Food Driving Box
Wow! What a wonderful gift to be featured in Seattle’s Child magazine, which does such an amazing job of sharing important news, trends and support for Seattle-area families. Our Fill Your Heart and Food Driving Box campaign are featured in print and online in the February issue of Seattle’s Child. Pick up your copy at libraries, schools, community centers and anywhere families gather. Enjoy!
Wow! This feels good! Instead of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and reports of mass mobs at retail, we all get to give a little, or a lot. Love this initiative to reach out to our communities this holiday season.
The original Food Driving Box
There are so many simple, yet powerful ways to give. From sharing a smile to a donation to your local human services charity to filling a Food Driving Box and dropping non-perishable food and personal supplies to one of Seattle’s 27 area food banks.
It’s an easy step and a great way to kick off a giving holiday season. When you do you’ll head right to the top of the Nice List!
Here’s a list of Seattle’s convenient and easy to find Food Banks to pick up your FREE Food Driving Box and make
direct donations to help drive away hunger in the Northwest.
Get ‘em while they’re hot! We just received our new shipment of Food Driving Boxes and they’re ready to share with Seattle. So excited to start distributing the Food Driving Boxes to organizations, events, schools, and groups to help us get boxes into every vehicle in our community.
Email us here (fooddrivingbox at gmail dot com) to receive as many boxes as you need for your next community event. Let’s all drive away hunger in the NW this holiday season!
Come on down to Magnuson Park on August 24th from 10a-3p for Seattle Parks & Recreation’s Big Day of Play! Food Driving Box will be there handing out FREE Food Driving Boxes so families in our community can help drive away hunger in the Northwest.
Come say hi and join the fun!
The very first Food Driving Box was an old open-toppped, handled box that we got to cart home a gingerbread house that we decorated last holiday season. The bubbles were percolating on the Food Driving Box idea and this box set it into motion. I’m thankful for everything that led us to now.
The original Food Driving Box
Once we gently unloaded our gingerbread house the box sat in the basement for a couple of weeks before we pulled it out and said ‘ah ha!’ Let’s decorate this and start using it for our weekly food bank donations. Here’s the result. While the original will always be a favorite, we’re all thrilled with the real deal too!
Please join us and get your FREE Food Driving Box to help us drive away hunger in the NW. Thank you!
Pick up your box at any of the 27 Seattle Food Banks listed here.