Bombas Warms the Toes of OS Food Bank Guests With 1000 Pairs of Socks

Now that cold, wet weather is here, warm socks are especially needed; and Bombas generously donated 1000 pairs to the OS Food Bank. Guests were delighted when they received a free pair of socks for every member in their household.

Bombas is well known for their quality socks and upscale brand but most don’t know about their impact on those less fortunate. Bombas was founded on the philosophy of donating socks to those in need for every sock sold. That philosophy continues today and has resulted in over 26 million pairs of socks having donated to over 1,700 giving partners across the United States.

Bombas’ donation socks are specially designed to meet the specific needs of the recipients. They are made with anti-microbial finishes, reinforced seams, and darker colors to show less visible wear.

Bombas is a true example of companies working together to make the world a better place.

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>>> 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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A “Dog-gone” Good Day for Ocean Shores Food Bank (and for Cats too!)

The love and caring for our four-legged companions celebrated when Woof-a-Thon’s President, Patrick Spike, presented a check to the Ocean Shores Food Bank in the amount of $1,800 designated to help purchase pet food for households that visit the food bank..

“Cats and dogs are more than pets to many of our guests” says Sandy Harley, Executive Director of the Ocean Shores Food Bank, “they are companions providing comfort and stability.” We are proud to partner with Woof-a-Thon to provide free pet food.

Sally, who is a regular at our food bank and a pet owner, is like many of our other guests in which their furry friend is one of their only “true” companions. There is no doubt these animals are family and provide guests a sense of security and comfort. It is heartwarming to see how much happiness it brings to a person who is struggling with food insecurity to know that their pets will be fed too.

We want to thank everyone involved with Woof-a-Thon for this generous donation. Woof-a-Thon was founded by Wilma Spike, who passed away last year; however, her son, Patrick, and an army of dedicated volunteers have continued her tradition of helping provide pet food to the Ocean Shores Food Bank guests.

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You 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.

Oyhut Bay’s Bacon, Brats & Brew Bring Smiles to OS Food Bank

The 1st Annual Bacon, Brats & Brew Festival at Oyhut Bay Resort included the OS Food Bank as its featured charity. A donation was presented to food bank volunteers, Barb Patton, Sandy Harley, and Terri Wilson afterwards. This compassionate gift will make a difference in our community.

Oyhut Bay Resort sponsored the Bacon, Brats, Brew & Fun Run event which included a 5K run, live music, and, of course, bacon, brats and brews. ‘We are proud to partner with Oyhut Bay and look forward to participating in future events” said Sandy Harley, Executive Director.

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You 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.

1 in 10 is Too Many – Especially If It Is YOU!

Karen knows food insecurity firsthand; she sees the pain on her children’s faces. Her family, like 1 in 10 across Washington, struggled to put food on their tables last year. And Karen isn’t who you think she is.

Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Household food insecurity rates in Washington (10.3%) and nationally (11.1%) have bottomed out but are still higher than they were before the 2008 recession.

Despite Washington State’s above national average continued economic growth, our most vulnerable are falling even further behind. When it comes to hunger, that is, when a household persistently can’t access enough food, Washington’s rate has barely budged: 4% of households experience hunger, a rate far higher than our pre-recession rate of 3.5%.

Household food insecurity data further back-up what we instinctively know: Hunger is driven by poverty and racial disparities. We continue to see significantly higher rates of food insecurity in families with children, in rural communities, and in households of color. For example, food insecurity in rural communities like Grays Harbor is 12.7% compared to 10.8% in metro areas while rural communities’ hunger is 4.8% compared to 4.2% in metro areas.

Karen is your neighbor, a single mom, living and raising kids on the North Beach coast but struggling to make ends meet. She often goes without so her children can eat. She is also the grandmother down the street and the native American up the road. Each struggling with food insecurity.

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You 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.

Thank You – Comes One Stitch at A Time

Sharon Thompson presented a hand-made mural to food bank volunteers in appreciation of their dedication and compassion.  The mural is made from strips cut from plastic bags; and hangs proudly at the food bank.

In a short note attached, Sharon wrote, “You are all incredible at not only giving food but spreading the love.  You all have touched more lives than you know, and you are so appreciated.  This mural is made just for you in that appreciation.  We have enjoyed putting the crochet hook in motion to make it.  Please hang it and enjoy, and know prayers and blessings are coming your way.”

The mural hangs proudly at the front of OS Food Bank for all to see.  Thank you, Sharon Thompson and Tim Keith,!

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You 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.

September – Hunger Action Month!

September is Hunger Action Month – a national campaign to raise awareness about the issue of hunger. No one should have to go hungry, yet 1 in 5 children and 1 in 8 adults are food insecure in Washington state. You can help…so no one in our community goes hungry.

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You 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.

Kids Summer Food Club Winding Down

We’re continuing the Kids Summer Food Club until the supplies are gone. This program, sponsored by Northwest Harvest, provides additional nutrition for school age children through the summer months. Please inform us that you have school age children at our regular distribution tomorrow.
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You 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.

Knights of Columbus Generous Donation

George Havrilak, the Financial Secretary for The Knights of Columbus Council 15689, presented OSFB Executive Director Sandy Harley with a check for $500. Many thanks to The Knights of Columbus Council 15689 for their continued support of the food bank.
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You 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.

Coming Soon: OSFB Newsletter

The first edition of the Ocean Shores Food Bank Newsletter is coming to your Inbox in October! Sign up for the newsletter here: [Click here to signup for OSFB Newsletter] to stay informed on specific OSFB food/financial needs, our new building progress, tips for better nutritional meals, and how you can otherwise help out.
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You 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.

Transportation Team Needs Volunteer Drivers With Trucks

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer for OSFB once or twice a month, and you have a truck or pickup? We currently make weekly Saturday trips to Safeway in Aberdeen to pick up surplus produce, deli and other goods and we make one or two Wednesday trips monthly to Coastal Harvest in Hoquiam for things that don’t fit on our regular shipment from them (for these palletized goods, an open-bed truck is needed). Each trip has unique requirements which are outlined in a procedural guide which will be reviewed with you prior to your accompanied trial run(s).
I hope you or someone you know can commit to helping out. Please contact me if you have questions and/or wish to join our team.
Harry Y
hyanagimachi@gmail.com
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