FOOD DISTRIBUTION HOURS

AT THE FOOD BANK
Wednesdays and Fridays: 10AM – 1PM
Saturdays: 10AM – Noon

FROM THE STANWOOD SENIOR CENTER
Seniors are transported from the Center to the Food Bank
Fridays: 9:15AM – 9:45AM
1st and 3rd Fridays of the month

271st St NW Stanwood, at intersection with 102nd Ave NW

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BASIC FOOD ASSISTANCE

Hours of Services are:

Wednesday 10AM – 1PM
Friday 10AM – 1PM
Saturday 10AM – Noon

The Stanwood Camano Food Bank provides a wide variety of foods including basic staples and canned foods, as well as fresh produce, dairy products, meat, bread, baby food and diapers when available. We do not need proof of address or ID’s for new clients. We will ask where you live, the names and the birthdays of everyone in your family or household. Everyone is welcome and safe here.

How often do you pack the bags and cold packs?

Once a week during the school year and two days a week with the summer meals which include seven days worth of meals.

Is all of the food donated?

No, all food for the backpack program is purchased using grant monies and money donated from companies, organizations, and private donations.

Where do you get the food from?

Target, Food Lifeline, NW Harvest, Grocery Outlet, and IGA currently. We receive all food items at a discounted rate.

What days and/ or hours are backpack program volunteers needed?

Right now, it’s Monday and Tuesday mornings from 9:30 to 11:30. The volunteers pack bags and cold packs. Two other days a week volunteers receive items, weighs them, unpacks them and gets weekly menu items set aside. We have several drivers throughout the week picking up the food from the stores and delivering the bags to all 9 schools. During summer they will be delivered to our partner locations.

What is the H.O.P.E. Weekend Backpack program?

The Backpack program meets the needs of hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy -to-prepare food they can take home on weekends, school vacations, and summer when other resources are not available.  There are no income eligibility requirements for participation in this program.  Referral forms will be distributed to school staff in order to identify eligible students or can be picked up at the Food Bank.  A parent or guardian must provide written consent before a child can participate in the Backpack Program.

Every Monday, each school will be contacted by the Children’s Program Coordinator for the number of students who will be participating that week.  Food packs will then be delivered to each school by Thursday morning so that the school staff can distribute to the kids before the weekend or holiday.  This program is made possible by the generous support of community and donors.

Who can participate in the Program?

  • Any child who resides in the Stanwood/Camano Island community.
  • Any child who seems hungry (subjective). Teachers and staff can recommend a child.

How does a family sign up?

  • Pick up a form from your child’s school or at the Food Bank.
  • Parent must fill out the form and return it to school for school pick-ups. If they choose to pick up their pack(s) from the Food Bank then they need to drop the form off at the Food Bank and not the school.
  • Each school can determine if a parent can approve participation in the program over the phone.
  • If the school is using this method, the staff member will sign and date the form for the parent.
  • Once a child is signed up they can continue to participate until the school year ends (then sign-up for the Summer Meals Program if available), they move to a new school in the district, or choose to opt-out of the program.

Does the Food Bank have access to my child’s information?

  • If through the school, then NO. All information is kept confidentially at each school.
  • If receiving a bag through the Food Bank, all information is kept confidential as we respect each family’s privacy.

Can siblings at home or home-schooled children participate?

Yes, they must submit a form.

What’s in a typical pack?

For every day the child is NOT in school, they receive a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, beverage, and a produce bag.

Who do I contact if I have questions, concerns, or need more packs?

LaCrissa Spencer, Children’s Program Coordinator, is the staff lead on the program. You can reach her at  360-926-8573 or by email at backpackcoordinator@scfbs.org

H.O.P.E. BACKPACK PROGRAM

Currently, the Stanwood Camano Food Bank is feeding 240 kids per weekend from our community. Thanks to generous grants, donations, and volunteer hours we have been able to keep up with the ever increasing demand.

The H.O.P.E. Backpack Program is distributing weekend food packs each Friday to kids in need. The packs include 2 breakfast items, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, & snacks- including fresh produce. Packs are distributed right from your child’s school, however parents can opt to pick the packs up at the Stanwood Camano Food Bank. If you feel your child is in need, applications for participation in the H.O.P.E. Backpack Program for the 2017-2018 school year are available at the child’s school or at the food bank. Homeschooled children are also eligible.

As of September 2017, every child in the Stanwood Camano School District is eligible for a weekend pack, whether or not they are school age. For more information please contact our Children’s Program Coordinator, LaCrissa, at (360) 926-8573 or backpackcoordinator@scfbs.org.

If you would like to donate to the H.O.P.E. Backpack Program, please click on the DONATE link at the top of the screen. We appreciate all of our donors contributions.

 

Why childhood hunger is important?

Health
  • Children who struggle with hunger are sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized.
  • They are more likely to experience headaches, stomachaches, colds, ear infections and fatigue.
  • Children who face hunger are more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences as children and as adults.
Cognition and Academics
  • Undernourished children cannot learn as much, as fast, or as well.
  • Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school.
Emotional and Social Well-Being
  • Children who regularly do not get enough nutritious food to eat have significantly higher levels of behavioral, emotional, and academic problems and can become more aggressive and anxious.
  • Children who regularly do not get enough to eat are more likely to have difficulty getting along with other children.

Supplemental nutrition programs make a positive impact on a child’s well-being and academic goals. With help from participating schools, Stanwood Camano Food Bank is putting good solutions to work.

H.O.P.E. BACKPACK PROGRAM

The HOPE Weekend Backpack Program ensures any child in the Stanwood Camano School District who is hungry will receive a bag of healthy food, consisting of 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts, snacks and beverages to eat over the weekend. In addition, any kiddo who is on the Free/Reduced school meal program, regardless of family income, is eligible to take home food. Contact your local school or the Food Bank for more information.

SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS

During the summer break there will are three locations to choose from to pick-up a weekly Stanwood Camano Food Bank H.O.P.E. Backpack Program bag(s).  Each bag will consist of 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 3 dinners, drinks, snacks and fresh produce.

HOLIDAY MEALS

For those who might not otherwise be able to celebrate Thanksgiving or Christmas with a special meal, the Stanwood Camano Food Bank can
provide the fixings for a traditional meal with ham, for the family during the holidays.

To receive a food basket you must be registered at the Food Bank. If you’re not already registered please preregister by
stopping by with the items required for registration listed in the basic food assistance area above. Hours are:

Thanksgiving Distribution  Saturday, Nov. 17th 9am-2pm.

For those with mobility issues, there’s a special Friday Nov. 16th serve, by appointment only, starting at 3 PM. Sign up at the client desk.

Christmas Distribution       Saturday, Dec 15th 9am – 2pm.              

For those with mobility issues, there’s a special Friday Dec. 14th serve, by appointment only, starting at 3 PM. Sign up at the client desk.

We are always in need of volunteers to help during our holiday serves. There are many different shifts and positions available. If interested please email us at foodbankcoordinator@scfbs.org or call (360)629-2789 and ask for Evelyn