The Ocean Shores Food Bank will have a regular distribution this Thursday from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm.
If you’ve attended Woof-a-thon in the past, you know how fun and amazing the Basket Raffle is. Each basket is designed by a donor person or company around a theme. Values range often well over $100 each. Guests at the Woof-a-thon can purchase tickets at $1 each or $5 for 6 and after writing their name and phone on the back they can drop as many tickets as they wish on any basket. In the afternoon that day we’ll draw the winner of each basket. It’s great fun for all.
Come join us Sunday August 10th at North Beach Jr/Sr High School for all the fun of the Woof-a-thon, as we raise funds for 7 amazing animal assisting charities in our community. www.oceanshoreswoofathon.org for more details
Our very own, Leon Brauner, former OSFB Director and longtime volunteer, has been elected to a two-year term with the Washington Food Coalition (WFC) Board of Directors. WFC serves as the collective voice of more than 300 hunger relief agencies, and actively educates and networks with organizations that strive to alleviate hunger throughout Washington. Thank you for representing Grays Harbor and congratulations, Leon!
The Washington Nonprofit June 2019 edition of Connector spotlights the all-volunteer Ocean Shores Food Bank. The article emphasizes the importance of listening to volunteers, keeping them engaged, and the interaction of volunteers with guests visiting the food bank. Well done OSFB volunteers!
[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.
We have boxes and boxes of books for all ages, and you are welcome to select your next reading adventure! Join us June 20, 2019 for the book bonanza and food distribution, 1:30-5:00 pm at the Ocean Shores Food Bank.
Courtesy of the USDA (TEFAP), starting in June and through the end of the summer, our monthly food supplement is doubling. Come enjoy 100% American-grown goodness through the end of the promotion.
Families around you are struggling with hunger.
- 1 in 9 Washingtonians (more in Grays Harbor) struggle to put food on their tables everyday
- 1 in 6 Washington children (more in the North Beach School district) don’t know when they will next eat
- Rural communities (like North Beach) struggle with hunger at disproportionately higher rates than metropolitan areas
The need is even greater in Grays Harbor County:
- The percent of households with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits is significantly higher (22%) than across all of Washington (17%).
- Another sign of the local need: in Grays Harbor County, the monthly income needed for self-sufficiency is $4,290; however, two full-time minimum wage earners earn only a total of $3,987.
The evidence in North Beach/Ocean Shores is clear.
Many of our North Beach/Ocean Shores neighbors are forced to choose between paying bills and buying food. It makes no difference whether it’s a senior living on a fixed income that doesn’t stretch far enough or a hardworking mom or dad living paycheck to paycheck. Hunger hurts and hurts those most vulnerable (seniors and children) the most.
We believe everyone should have the nutritious food they need to stay healthy. But every missed meal damage’s health and increases feelings of distress.
Liz’s story is not uncommon.
Liz, an Ocean Shores food bank guest, recently told us that she gets food assistance thanks to SNAP and our food bank, but her household runs out of food almost monthly. The stress is taking a toll on her health.
BE PART OF THE SOLUTION!
Yet, people like you can be part of the solution. Please consider volunteering either time <click for volunteer opportunities> or money <click to Donate> to help neighbors and families like Liz get the nutritious food they need.
The following are from our volunteers:
“I volunteer by tending the Ocean Shores Food Bank’s garden plots. I love to garden…and my love is doubled knowing that what we grow, fresh produce, can feed many hungry people who use our food bank.”
“I am inspired by the teamwork and cheerfulness of the volunteer folks at OSFB. I am personally rewarded by all the smiles, hugs and friendliness of our clients. If I’m having a bad day, I just have to do something for the Food Bank to get over myself and get back to what really matters. . . serving others, serving my community, and giving something back.”
“I feel privileged to be one of the many volunteers giving their personal time to serve the many clients of the OS Food Bank. Each of us makes it our personal mission to make sure no one in our community goes hungry. Volunteering at the OS Food Bank is not just about handing out food, it is building relationships with other volunteers and the clients we serve. After retiring, I was floundering, and I found a purpose and fulfillment the minute I walked in the Ocean Shores Food Bank. There is no better experience than to give of yourself in service to others.”
“Selfishly the Ocean Shores Food Bank seemed like a good option for me to invest a few hours of my time per week. Better than sitting around bored with retirement life. But once I started volunteering, not only did I find a community of friendly and selfless people, I also found the fulfillment of what I realized was missing from my life — purpose. There are people in my community who have needs greater than I have ever experienced. Now a “thank you” from a food bank patron evokes a “thank you” from me in return. In my heart it is a “Thank you” for letting me invest my life in easing your anxiety over your family’s next meal.”
“Volunteering at the Ocean Shores food bank is like being part of a special family. My husband and I want to be part of the OSFB’s outreach effort in our community. We feel we are making a difference by providing not only food, but also a time to exchange a few kind words, give a hug, or a smile to a client. In turn we are rewarded when we see the delight in a child’s face when an orange or a clump of grapes, or a box of strawberries is placed in their basket. Volunteering gives me a sense of well-being, knowing that our clients will not be hungry. As one of our clients said, “I was running on empty, but today, I have a full cupboard. Thank you all for being here.” These words make for a good day for us.”
“I enjoy being a volunteer because I love helping anyone in need in whatever way that I can. I love meeting all the people and working with all the volunteers. Everyone is always happy, helpful and caring. We all work together with great camaraderie.”
“I enjoy our clients and often meet them in IGA or Ace. The volunteers are great and keep us all grounded.”
“This is a great way to connect with others and forge a great connection with the community. You meet great people when you volunteer.”
“It is a great feeling to see our service towards others at the Food Bank change lives for the better. In the three years I’ve volunteered at the food bank I’ve seen different programs added and grow, programs that not only feed our clients, but enrich their lives.”
“When I work at the Food Bank, I feel like a part of the community. Not just with the people I work with but also with the guests. I know that for some people, this is their only social outlet. so I try and interact with them as much as possible, while still moving the line along.”
“I became a volunteer soon after I moved here 3 years ago and have met the most amazing people that have made me feel more at home. I have enjoyed the company of these great volunteers so much both at the Food Bank and outside of the Food Bank. I feel very blessed in my life and that gives me a strong desire to serve those that may be less fortunate than I. Selfishly, it is just a great feeling to be able to do this. I make soup for one of the Food Bank’s distributions and schedule folks to also do that and to bring cookies for our clients once a month. I love making the soup and I love visiting with the clients while they enjoy it. Again, it just warms my heart to give back and serve those in need. Basically, I have a lot of fun and enjoy serving members of our community.”
The Ocean Shores Food Bank knows that volunteers are the key to its success.
We see this everyday as OSFB volunteers help gather the food, raise the money, and feed the hungry. The food bank is an all-volunteer organization, no one is paid. We work together, enjoy each other’s company, and respect one-another, and we extend that sense of respect, and kindness to our guests/clients.
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“No one is useless in this world that lightens the burdens of another”
At the end of the day, the basic function of the Ocean Shores Food Bank is to do just that – lighten another’s burden – be it
- The mother of three who works two low-paying jobs
- The parents whose children experience hunger when not in school
- The young man without a place to live
- The elderly couple living on a fixed income
People with these harsh realities come through our doors every distribution; and we, as a caring community, work to lighten their burden with compassion, hope, and nutritious food.
As an organization, we are committed to making sure people who are hungry have access to nutritional food. That takes compassion, service, innovation, partnerships, and accountability – our five core values.
Ocean Shores Food Bank’s simple mission – “So no one in our community goes hungry” is only achieved through our community’s unselfish financial and volunteer support. With everyone working together were able to distribute 228,000 pounds of food to over 5,000 households last year.
HELP LIGHTEN THEIR BURDEN:
We invite you to join us in helping to “lighten the burden of another.” That help may be in the form of volunteering <click for volunteer opportunities> or sending in a cash donation <click to donate>. Your gift of time or money will allow nutritional food to be provided to hungry families. Every time we act to help others, it makes our community and world a better place to live.
Ocean Shores Food Bank Vision & Mission:
Everyone has access to sufficient, nutritious food … So, no one in our community goes hungry.
The vision and mission define OSFB goals. Until those goals are reached, your financial donations will help make Ocean Shores a better place to live for all its citizens.
The Ocean Shores Food Bank is an IRS 501(c)(3) not for profit charity and has also been designated a charitable corporation in the state of Washington. Your contribution is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.