IGA Welcomes the Ocean Shores Food Bank

Ocean Shores Food Bank will have a table at IGA Wednesday Oct. 7 and Thursday Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We will be happy to accept both cash and food donations.

The Ocean Shores Food Bank especially wants to thank IGA and our community for their support during these challenging times!

Stop by and meet and say hello to our volunteers.

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Good Times at Garden by the Sea

The Ocean Shores Food Bank has harvested 8 beds of fresh vegetables at Garden by the Sea for the past 12 years. Through the dedicated efforts of our volunteer staff, guests have been able to enjoy the best in west coast produce since 2008. Terri Wilson and Susie Robinson would like to share their stories.
By Gary Josephson, Roving Reporter.

Q: How did the Food Bank get involved with the beds at Garden by the Sea?

Terri: We started by volunteering our help, because we knew Garden by the Sea had donated 8 beds and dedicated them to the food bank. Some of us started with harvesting and ended up helping with planting – it kept evolving from that. Now we take care of all the beds and manage them.

Susie: The Gardens were the vision of Sushila Ravard and was established in 2008 with the work of many others in the community. Sushila talked with Pastor Bob Hoem (of Galilean Lutheran Church) and it was decided we could “borrow” the land only if we had food bank growing beds. Personally I didn’t think it was ever going to go, but it’s flourishing and we’re now in our 12th year!

Q: How many Food Bank people are involved and what are their various duties?

Terri: We have 4 to 5 food bank people involved at this time. In the past we’ve had more, but because of the corona virus, we now have less. Duties are planting, weeding, maintenance. We have volunteers who water on a weekly basis and then we have those who harvest.

Susie: Terri heads it up, I’m there, Laura McCann, Joanne Gallaher and Sabine Price. Watering has been crucial this summer, sometimes doing it twice a day. Susan Kloeppel comes every distribution day to help us harvest, which takes about 90 minutes. It’s a big job!

Q: How many garden beds do you have and what variety of food do they produce?

Terri: We have 8 beds that we maintain. They produce radishes, turnips, lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, beets, carrots, snap peas, beans and chives. We also produce flowers. We have many gorgeous sunflowers!

Susie: Bridgett Timme (a Master Gardener at Garden by the Sea) brings us fresh herbs. Some are dried and put into sweet labeled bags. Bridgett also brings baskets of thyme, rosemary, oregano and sage. We have lots of good cooks that come through our food bank lines and they are all thrilled with her herbs.

Q: How much food is harvested by the Food Bank and how is it distributed?

Terri: Usually in a season (we start planting in April and wind it up by October) we average between 500 and 600 pounds. We pass it out on each Thursday distribution. In the past we would have baskets set up. The clients would come through, choose what they wanted and we’d bag it up for them.

Susie: Every car that now comes to the food bank drive through get bags according to their family size. People are overwhelmed with the amount of good food they get from our food bank. Each year it seems like we get a little better and a little better. We are NOT master gardeners. We just take what we learned from our mommies and daddies and run with it!

Though the growing season is at an end, and harvesting is nearly complete, those interested in volunteering to help with the Garden by the Sea food bank beds, perhaps for the next season, can send an email to food@oceanshoresfoodbank.org.

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Sharon Thompson – Mural Maker & Food Bank Guest

Sharon Thompson is an amazing artist, whose work has been displayed in the White House, Home Depot, and the Ocean Shores Food Bank. Although Sharon lives in Aberdeen, she regularly comes to our Food Bank because of its people. Here is her story, by Gary Josephson, Roving Reporter.

Q: How does Ocean Shores Food Bank compare with Aberdeen (your home) in providing food distribution?

A: It’s terrific. You not only get food that sustains you, but you get fun. You get love, you get friendship. There’s a lot of good camaraderie. It’s just the best, the top of the line. All the volunteers, every one of them, have been absolutely wonderful. It comes from their hearts; it doesn’t come from anywhere else. That’s why we love coming here. It just adds to the beauty of the whole thing. It touches people’s hearts as well as their bellies. (Laughter)

Q: How has COVID-19 affected your daily lives, including food availability?

A: It really hasn’t in many aspects. The Food Bank sustains us in food ways, but it’s beyond food. We don’t miss anything else, except when we used to sit at the Food Bank and talk. That’s the only thing we miss. That was the greatest social hour there ever was. That and church are the two times where people can really open up and laugh and love and share. It just glowed in the dark, it was so beautiful! COVID is making us wake up and realize the value of people, the value of love and the value of friendship!

Q: How has our Food Bank helped during the pandemic?

A: It’s made us comfortable in the sense that there’s no want, no need, no deficit. We don’t fear COVID, but have learned to adapt, wearing these masks to protect yourself and others around us. That’s what it’s all about, to care enough to do that.

Q: I know you work with children during the summer months. What does that entail and how did you get involved?

A: I used to belong to a church in Spokane that was very open to working with kids. What can’t you love about kids? Sure they’re little troublemakers at times, but kids are kids. We take them on long hikes, wear them out and let them see nature. Nature is one of the best learning tools there is.

Q: You’ve made murals for the Food Bank. Who else have you made things for?

A: I have murals half way around the world. I’ve made murals for a ball winder company in England. There are murals in Scotland and Germany. I’ve done some murals for Home Depot and Staples here at home, depicting what their company is selling. For President Bush I did a small red, white and blue recycle bin, which had a lid and wheels that worked – it was about four or five inches across. I put in some candy canes (made in Seattle) and some locally grown mistletoe. He liked it so much that he took it with him to Texas!

Q: Is there a favorite Food Bank moment you would like to share?

A: There’s been so many! When I gave the Food Bank their mural, everybody was kind of in awe, because it’s so different. The mural is made from regular plastic bags. I cut them in strips and then crochet them together. This one is white, with the words Food Bank on it. Then it has the grocery bag, with two people on either side of the bag. It was fun to do, as every mural is a challenge and you’re not sure just how it’s going to turn out!

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Ocean Pours Taproom Raises $600 for the Food Bank!

Chris Shifman, co-owner Ocean Pours Taproom

Ocean Shores is a community that rises to the occasion. Chris Shifman, co-owner of Ocean Pours Taproom recently proved that true, raising $600 to help feed those in need. This is his story, by Gary Josephson, Roving Reporter.

Interview with Chris Shifman, co-owner Ocean Pours Taproom

Q: What brought you to Ocean Shores to start Ocean Pours Taproom?

A: My business partner (who is also my Godfather) owned some condos and a beach house out here. We would come regularly and there just wasn’t a taproom like this. There were fun places to go and have a beer, but there was no kind of beer destination – and we’re both beer geeks! It really was a “Mohammed and the mountain” situation, where we just got tired of waiting for someone else to do it. We kept seeing this specific spot, saying wouldn’t it be great if someone put a taproom there. So I just took the plunge; that was almost two years ago.

Q: How did you hear about our Food Bank and what prompted you to start raising money for it?

A: Chuck Anderson told me about the Food Bank. (Chuck runs Beach Tyme Quilts with his wife Gail.) He ran for City Council recently and is very active in a number of local charities, both hands on and with donations. Chuck explained the Food Bank to me and told me about their needs.

Q: What items did you sell or specials did you offer to raise the $600?

A: We pick a charity of the month – it’s always something local or regional – and we take our first three taps (see above photo, left hand side), regardless of what beer is on them and give 50 cents off of every pint and a dollar off of every growler to that charity. We also have a collection bin for spare change. It’s the employee’s policy that their tip coin goes in there too. We paired up with our printer, making shirts with some kind of social distancing joke on it. Instead of having people standing so many feet apart, our particular shirts (which can still be ordered at www.oceanpours.com) have beer cans or beer kegs standing so many feet apart. All of the proceeds, short of shipping, went directly to the Food Bank. A lot of people liked them and it fit in well with our general aesthetic of keeping it light. Especially in these times, we’re trying to keep it a little humorous. Keep it beer-centric, because we’re all about the beer!

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Plant Sale Raises over $3000

In spite of an unseasonable shower (an unseasonable shower in Ocean Shores – just who am I kidding?) local residents came out in droves for the Food Bank plant sale at Ocean Sunset Drug on June 13.

Many arrived early to get first dibs at the beautiful geranium creations of Anne Bock, one of Food Bank’s resident gardeners. (They did not leave disappointed!) A chance to mingle with friends and neighbors also made this a grand event, in addition to raising money to help feed the hungry. Thanks to all who attended for their support, good will and camaraderie!

Interview with Kathy Harris, Board Member and Event Coordinator:

Whose idea was it to have the Food Bank Plant Sale at Ocean Sunset Drug?

The idea came from one of our long time Food Bank volunteers, Suzie Robinson, who is also a key volunteer at the 8 garden beds that provide food for the Food Bank. She said, “Since we had to cancel our annual benefit (on April 18) due to COVID 19, what are we going to do with all of those plants? (We have two women Anne Bock and Barbara Patton who grow plants all year long for the benefit.) Why don’t we do a garage sale and sell them for the Food Bank?” Then I remembered that Ocean Sunset Drug had come on board this year as a major corporate sponsor for our annual benefit and had this lovely new facility with 150 feet of covered outdoor walkway. I approached them and was welcomed with open arms!

Where did you get the majority of plants?

Anne Bock raised 89 geranium plants and miscellaneous succulents, which were planted in unusual pots that she collected all year round. Barb Patton did a wide variety of indoor plants. We had an anonymous donor, who came from Pacific Beach, bringing all these wonderful vegetable starts. We reached out to all of Grays Harbor.

How much money do you think this is going to raise for the Food Bank?

We have high aspirations for several thousand dollars. We are really, really excited. The other thing that has been fabulous about the sale is getting out there and seeing people. We’re social distancing, with masks and hand sanitizer all over the place, and people are just willing to bump it up. A person came by and bought $59 worth of plants and rounded up at the cashier’s desk to $70. This is the kind of fabulous support the Food Bank has here in Ocean Shores! It’s a great community that we live in.

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Plant Sale — OSFB Benefit Event: Plant Sale

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR JUNE 13, 2020.

Ocean Shores Food Bank’s Plant Sale fundraising event happens in the parking lot at Ocean Sunset Drug, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 13th, 2020.

Our annual fundraising event scheduled for April 18, had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus. This event has drawn capacity crowds to the OS Convention Center for the opportunity to help those in need.

Ocean Sunset Drug came on board this year as the primary sponsor for the cancelled annual event and has generously offered their support of this plant sale. This sale will include indoor and outdoor plants and miscellaneous auction items.

Now that the Stay Home Stay Safe edict has been lifted, we will practice social distancing with our display setup, and would encourage everyone to wear a mask, but come out and enjoy seeing friends and neighbors and help “TAKE THE BITE OUT OF HUNGER” with your support.

Thanks to the following local businesses that have so generously supported the Food Bank this year:

  • Ace Hardware
  • Timberland Bank
  • Arrow Lumber
  • Ocean Sunset Drug
  • Windermere Real Estate Ocean Shores
  • 1st Security Bank
  • Atlas Fine Art Service
  • Bank of the Pacific
  • Dugan’s
  • Elk Head Brewery
  • Ocean Shores IGA
  • Green Lantern Pub
  • North Beach Realty Ocean Shores, LLC

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Dedicated Volunteers Serve Those in Need

As our community goes through this difficult time, food bank volunteers are local heroes too. Harry Yanagimachi has no shortage of compassion and dedication for his work at the food bank.

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself, Harry.

A: I was born and raised in Pacific County on an oyster farm, and started working with oysters when I was 8 years old, until I threw my back out at 18! I went to school at the University of Washington, graduating with a degree in Human Resources. During the Boeing crunch, the first people that were being fired were the personnel managers, so that really wasn’t a great career move! I then started work at an insurance agency (Unigard) as an underwriter. I saw that the path to advancement was populated with people a few years older than me, so I decided to become an agent. My first gig as an insurance agent was in Shelton. Soon after that, an opportunity opened up for an agency with ownership in Tacoma. I was in Tacoma from ‘77 until (hmmmmm…) 2012 when I retired.

Q: What drew you to Ocean Shores when you retired?

A: I was here in the ’60s, renting charter boats. It’s a lot like where I grew up, except quite a bit bigger. My wife (Kathy Hansen) is probably the driving force. She really wanted to get out of Thurston County. It surprised me when she said “It’s time for a change; let’s try Ocean Shores!” We came here and looked at different places, liked the people, liked the neighborhoods, and liked the small town feel of it all. We pulled up stakes (30 some years in Thurston County for me and a lifetime for her!) and we moved to Ocean Shores in 2012.

Q: You’ve relocated to Ocean Shores by 2012. What drew you to volunteering at the Food Bank?

A: I had a plot at the Community Garden and a volunteer from the Food Bank talked me into it. I volunteered at the Garden (in fact I was chairperson of that project) for a couple of years. I soon got involved with other opportunities that the Food Bank offered and more capable people took the Garden from me! (Laughter.)

Q: What are your Food Bank responsibilities?

A: I’m on the Board of Directors until the end of this year; we help keep the finances going. I’m also on the Operations Management Group (OMG), which does the day to day operations of the Food Bank. As the Transportation Chairperson, I arrange all weekly trips to Aberdeen to pick up donations from Safeway. The donations vary, depending on what season it is and what kind of demand they have. We get produce, some meat, a lot of breads and desserts, and some prepared meals from the deli — things like that.

Q: How has the Coronavirus affected you and the new Food Bank distribution process?

A: I can’t mingle with my friends, and I really do miss that: the one-on-one contact with people. I’ve noticed changes in people I see, in passing. We are all hyper-aware of the distance you have to keep. We don’t even elbow bump! Avoidance is the best way to endure this thing. As for the distribution process, we are now a drive-through. The people come into the entrance of the Thrift Store parking lot, identify themselves and tell the greeter how many families they’re picking up for. A colored code is put underneath their windshield wiper and they come to another stop where the registration process is completed. Volunteers note the color of the window card and bring the appropriate prepackaged food bags to them. They’re in and out of here in less than three minutes!

Q: What is your favorite Food Bank story?

A: The feeling that you get by being part of the Food Bank and how it affects the people in our community is what says it best. The people who volunteer do so of their own volition. Everybody is a self starter — they pick up a job, they do it and they do it very well.

Q: Final question — what would someone be surprised to know about you?

A: If you talk to a lot of my close co-volunteers, they’d be surprised to know I have a heart! (Laughter…)

— By Gary Josephson, OSFB Volunteer Reporter
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Newsletter – GOOD NEWS IS NOT HARD TO FIND EVEN WITH CORONAVIRUS

OSFB Newsletter (CLICK HERE) shares good news of what can be done when we pull together.  Yes … we do also ask for your help … we desperately need it given increase in households seeking food.

Most important we need your help getting the word out that we have food.  The good news snippets include “What Is Behind The Mystery Food Delivery,” “ACE Ladies Do It Again,” and “Making Waves In Shores Slows Hunger.”  We also share secrets from our Recipe Vault, Volunteer Spotlight and food needs.

To read the web version of the newsletter CLICK:  2020 OSFB Newsletter

KNOW SOMEONE WHO NEEDS FOOD? – Please Share – OSFB’s Compassion/Safety

Ocean Shores Food Bank is open:
THE 1ST AND 3RD THURSDAY EACH MONTH BETWEEN 1:30 PM AND 5 PM. 
— Please share with anyone who needs food —

The first distribution since the coronavirus attack closed schools and businesses found the OSFB serving a record 203 households, 23 of which had never visited the food bank before.  All while increasing both the volunteers’ and guests’ safety to fulfill our mission of providing food, “so that no one in our community goes hungry!”

OSFB realized the need to protect both our guests and volunteers from the spread of coronavirus.  Our “grocery store” style distribution where guests “shop” for their food put both volunteers and guests in an unsafe environment.

So, we changed to “drive-up” food distribution where guests stay in their cars while volunteers delivered pre-bagged food directly to their car trunks.  This afforded the greatest degree of safety for both volunteers and guests.

While we and our clients prefer the pre-virus “grocery store” style shopping, the pre-packed food bags distributed to clients’ cars required half the normal number of volunteers to serve nearly 30% more households, thus minimizing the potential spread of coronavirus.

Guests praised OSFB with teary-smiles and “I wasn’t sure you were going to be open and we really need the food,” to thumbs-up and many, many folks telling us “thank you for figuring this out.”

>>> Click here for more on OSFB new distribution procedures <<<

Please share this post with your friends and neighbors so that no one in our community goes hungry!

Emergency food is available at the food bank at the following times:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – 4 pm-6 pm

Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday – 10 am – noon.

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New Food Distribution Procedures

NORMAL DAYS AND HOURS:

The Ocean Shores Food Bank will be open the 1st and 3rd Thursday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for food distribution.  Our new “drive-up” procedures are designed to make sure both guests and volunteers remain safe and healthy. The thrift store will be closed and there will be no parking and no restrooms available.  So please plan accordingly.

NEW “DRIVE UP” FOOD DISTRIBUTION PROCEDURES:

Here are how the new “drive-up” procedures will work.  You will need to stay in your car (those without cars will be assisted separately).  You will need to get your car in line starting at the Anchor Avenue Thrift Store Entrance going down (south on) Anchor Avenue towards the water tower.  At the entrance gate you will be met by an OSFB volunteer who will ask the number of people in your household and place the appropriate colored tag on your windshield.   As you continue in line another volunteer will check you in.   When you arrive at the end of the line, a volunteer will load the appropriate number of pre-bagged groceries (canned food, frozen items, eggs, bread, and produce) in your car for your family size.  Once the food is loaded, you can leave the parking lot via the current exit and turn right to go down Anchor Avenue to Ocean Shore Boulevard.  Also, as usual CSFP boxes will be distributed on the 3rd Thursday of the month unless otherwise noted on CSFP schedule.

WALK UPS:

Walk-ups including bus riders will be met in a designated area inside the gate, while maintaining the appropriate distance.   You will be given bags of food. No wagon or other transportation help will be provided. So please plan accordingly.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE:

We shall use these distribution procedures until further notice.  Our job is to make sure that “no one in our community goes hungry.”  Thank you for your patience.

EMERGENCY FOOD:

Emergency food is available at the food bank at the following times:

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – 4 pm-6 pm

Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday – 10 am – noon.

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You can help our many friends and neighbors in need, just click on the links below to donate or sign-up for our newsletter.

>>> OSFB DONATE TODAY – click: DONATE TODAY or send your check to Ocean Shores Food Bank, PO Box 1293, Ocean Shores, WA 98569.

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