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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Click on the links below if you can financially help (donate) or just want to stay up to date (newsletter) on OSFB.

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

>>> OSFB NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP – click: NEWSLETTER SIGNUP and learn more what you can do to help reduce food insecurity in North Beach.

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.

>>> OSFB NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP – click: NEWSLETTER SIGNUP and learn more what you can do to help reduce food insecurity in North Beach.

2020 OSFB Annual Event – Cancelled

The Ocean Shores Food Bank is sad to announce that due to recent events the OSFB Annual Event (April 18, 2020) is cancelled for this year. If you have already purchased an individual ticket or purchased a table of eight we will be in touch with you soon to see if you would like a full refund or to donate part or all of the ticket purchase funds to OSFB.

Cancelling the event does NOT lessen our commitment to North Beach families or our need for your support! We have already been contacted for help by families and individuals who have never used the Ocean Shores Food Bank before. We are anticipate a surge in families needing emergency support.

If you are in a position to financially help, we are accepting donations online at (just click) OSFB Donations or through the mail at:

Ocean Shores Food Bank
P.O. Box 1293
Ocean Shores, WA 98569

We will send you a return receipt acknowledging your gift that you can use on your tax return.

Our plan is to continue to be open the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm in a way that best protects the safety and health of both our guests and volunteers … so that no one in our community goes hungry.

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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.

>>> OSFB NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP – click: NEWSLETTER SIGNUP and learn more what you can do to help reduce food insecurity in North Beach.

2020 Annual Benefit

THE EVENT IS CANCELLED FOR 2020

 

TAKE A BITE OUT OF HUNGER

Back By Popular Demand “Raucous” Dance and Classic Rock n’ Roll

Come be part of the solution to hunger in Ocean Shores. Join us (April 18, 2020) for a night of fun and good food.

The Ocean Shores Food Bank’s annual benefit fund raising event at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, comes at a time when ‘…it’s no surprise the need continues to grow,” Executive Director Sandy Harley told the local non-profit’s 85 volunteers in a recent email. “We saw an increase of 11% from 2018 to 2019.”

The event includes a silent auction, live auction, dinner, dancing, and music by the popular, Seattle-based rock ‘n roll band. The evening begins with a huge silent auction, which fills the front hall of the Convention Center. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., then it’s time to rock out and dance at 7. After their first set, the live auction will take place, followed by more music and dancing.

The Ocean Shores Food Bank in 2019 served 5,644 households, 15,094 individuals and distributed 227,236 pounds of food. More than 85 volunteers clocked in 10,480 hours of their time.

Doors open at 4:30 and we go until we drop!

4:30 – 6:00 pm – Silent Auction
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Dinner by George Lee
7:00 – 7:30 pm – Music and Dancing
7:30 – 8:00 pm – Live Auction
8:00 – ?:30 pm – Music and Dancing Continues until we drop

See you there!

Tickets are available online at:

https://oceanshoresfoodbank.org/tickets/

Also available at the OS Convention Center, from OSFB Board Members, and by emailing:

tickets@oceanshoresfoodbank.org

Ocean Sunset Drugs Makes Waves by Underwriting OSFB Annual Benefit

“The new Ocean Sunset Drug store is committed to helping in the North Beach community,” cited Jackie Morris.  Jackie’s family has a long history of supporting both Ocean Shores families and businesses.  “We are very excited to have Ocean Sunset Drug help underwrite the cost of Ocean Shores Food Bank’s annual benefits” said Sandy Harley, OSFB Executive Director.

What better way to help OSFB but to underwrite the cost of the annual benefit so more donation and auction dollars go to those less fortunate in our community.  The new Ocean Sunset Drug store just recently opened and provides products and services very much needed in our community with the addition beyond general store goods of a pharmacy and the walk-in clinic.  Jackie noted “when you are hungry everything looks bleak and I am glad we can partner with our local citizens who will be attending the April 18 OSFB benefit to raise more money to help reduce hunger and give people hope.”

Please drop into the Ocean Sunset Drug to check them out and especially to say thank-you for this generous gift.

The OS Drug store donated their sponsorship money to help meet the food needs of those affected by the coronavirus after the OSFB Annual Event was cancelled.

P.S. Jackie mentioned that the whole month of April will be “round-up” month at Ocean Sunset Drugs with the customer change collected going to OSFB.  Thank you again Jackie and the whole Morris family for supporting our local community.

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You can still help our many friends and neighbors in need. It’s easy, 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.

>>> OSFB NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP – click: NEWSLETTER SIGNUP and learn more what you can do to help reduce food insecurity in North Beach.

Caring Never Gets Antique (old)

Come join the fun and help those less fortunate in our community.  The Ocean Shores Renewed Antique Show this February 15/16 is again partnering with the Ocean Shores Food Bank.  General administration will be $1 off with a food donation to the OS food bank.

At the Antique Show you will find familiar and new faces and LOTS of really cool stuff that you will definitely want to take home. Booths offering lots of one of a kind furniture, collectibles, books, records, masks, clothing, signs, etc. Nurse Nancy will be there to evaluate and repair your dolls.

There will be a special “1st Peek & Purchase” with music, food, drinks on Friday night.  See Facebook for how to sign up: https://www.facebook.com/events/754825981593105/

The Ocean Shores Food Bank will also have a table where you can ask your questions about volunteering, our “canned food need” for the month, and how else you can get involved in helping our local North Beach neighbors.

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If you can’t make the antique show, you can still help our many friends and neighbors in need. It’s easy, 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.

>>> OSFB NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP – click: NEWSLETTER SIGNUP and learn more what you can do to help reduce food insecurity in North Beach.

Banking on Our Community

Community is more vibrant when everyone pitches in.  A can of food here and a dollar there do add up to make for a brighter day for those less fortunate.  Shelly Riley, AVP Branch Manager, of 1st Security Bank, presented both a $1,000 check and a barrel of cans to the Ocean Shores Food Bank.

During the recent winter months 1st Security Bank collected food and cash donations for the OSFB.    “We are encouraged by the example 1st Security sets both here in Ocean Shores and across their network,” mentioned Sandy Harley, Executive Director of OSFB.  With 21 locations, 1st Security Bank actively supports over 270 non-profits and encourages bank employees to volunteer.  Thank you, 1st Security and your customers, for making a difference in our community.  We are proud to partner with you.

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You too can help our many friends and neighbors in need. It’s easy, 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.

>>> OSFB NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP – click: NEWSLETTER SIGNUP and learn more what you can do to help reduce food insecurity in North Beach.

Real Help from Windermere

The team of realtors at Windermere Real Estate passed a hat (an envelope actually) for contributions to OSFB. It is inspiring to see how businesses like Windermere take action to help us eliminate food insecurity in our community.

Seen here, Jim Donahoe, Branch Manager, presents the aforementioned envelope containing $500 worth of checks to Sandy Harley, Executive Director of the Ocean Shores Food Bank. These funds are most appreciated to help pay for the additional food purchases the food bank makes during the colder winter months and to help pay for specialty food items for the holidays.

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You too can help our many friends and neighbors in need. It’s easy, 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.

>>> OSFB NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP – click: NEWSLETTER SIGNUP and learn more what you can do to help reduce food insecurity in North Beach.

Pennies From Heaven (via ACE Customers)

Would you like to round your purchase up today and donate it to the Ocean Shores Food Bank?  Doesn’t sound like much ($0.99 cents or less) but a month later, ACE Hardware gave the OSFB a check for $4,582.72.  That is a lot of pennies and a lot of needed food OSFB can buy to help feed the hungry in our community.

Bill Young, president of OSFB, accepted the check from Stephen Buck and the wonderful ACE Hardware crew recently.

Before the photo, Bill talked to the employees about the “round-up” program.  They said most people took it in stride, but some were a little more adamant giving the staff pause.  “No, I don’t want to round up, one said, I want to donate $20 and the change!”  The resourceful ACE crew figured out how to add the $20 to the round-up.  “We are so very happy to have the generous support of the local community,” Bill said, “Not only does the Ocean Shores Food Bank want to thank ACE Hardware for a successful donation drive but we want to thank all the ACE customers who gave a little or a lot.”

Our community is blessed by so many pennies (and dollars too) this winter.  And the next time you visit ACE Hardware, thank the crew that made it possible.  Thank you!

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You too can help our many friends and neighbors in need. It’s easy, 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.

>>> OSFB NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP – click: NEWSLETTER SIGNUP and learn more what you can do to help reduce food insecurity in North Beach.

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