FOOD DISTRIBUTION HOURS HAVE TEMPORARILY CHANGED

Dear Food Bank Members:

Please make note that our days and hours are temporarily changing.

We will be distributing food through our curbside pick-up on:

 

Wednesdays 10:00am – 3:00pm

Saturdays 10am – 2pm

 

Estimados miembros del Banco de Alimentos: Por favor tome nota de que nuestros días y horas están cambiando temporalmente. Vamos a distribuir alimentos a través de nuestra recogida en la acera en:

 

Miércoles 10:00am – 3:00pm

 

Sábados 10am – 2pm

What to expect during Emergency Protocols:

The Health & safety of all of our members, volunteers, & staff is something we take very seriously. On Behalf of the Stanwood Camano Food Bank, the following Emergency Policies have been implemented for distribution :

  • Our facility will be closed to the public.
  • We will ask you to park in the church parking lot
  • We will have someone at the member door that will give you a number – return to your car after receiving.
  • We will hold up a sign, i.e. 1-10. If you fit within those numbers come up to check in. We will ask for your cell phone, your name, # in your family, if you want produce, dairy, meat & deli – return to your car after checking in.
  • We have prepacked boxes that we will wheel outside once the fresh food has been added to them.
  • We will then call you when your groceries are ready to be picked up.
  • We will stand back 6’ – You will need to get out of your car, put your own groceries into your car

Qué esperar durante los Protocolos de Emergencia: La Salud y la seguridad de todos nuestros miembros, voluntarios y personal es algo que nos tomamos muy en serio. En nombre del Banco de Alimentos Stanwood Camano, se han implementado las siguientes Políticas de Emergencia para su distribución :

  • Nuestras instalaciones estarán cerradas al público.
  • Le pediremos que estacione en el estacionamiento de la iglesia Tendremos a alguien en la puerta del miembro que le dará un número – volver a su coche después de recibir.
  • Vamos a sostener un cartel, es decir, 1-10.
  • Si encajas dentro de esos números ven a registrarte.
  • Le pediremos su teléfono celular, su nombre, en su familia, si desea productos, lácteos, carne y delicatessen – volver a su coche después de hacer el check-in.
  • Tenemos cajas preenvasadas que saldremos al aire libre una vez que se les haya añadido la comida fresca.
  • Luego le llamaremos cuando sus comestibles estén listos para ser recogidos. Nos pararemos 6′ – Usted tendrá que salir de su coche, poner sus propios comestibles en su coche

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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 during the school year,  and coverage during short school weeks. Full week packs with meals and snacks are provided during winter and spring breaks, as well as during the summer break.   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 250 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 runs 52 weeks out of the year. We distribute weekend food packs each Friday to kids in need. The packs include 2 breakfast items, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, & snacks. We have unique feature to our backpack program called a “Fresh Pack”. The “Fresh Pack” includes fresh produce and dairy that must be refrigerated.  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  are available at the child’s school or at the food bank. Home-schooled children are also eligible.

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, Tracy, 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 for the family during the holidays.

To shop our holiday market you must be registered at the Food Bank. If you’re not already registered please preregister by
filling in sign up to receive services shown above, or stop in to register Wednesday or Friday 10am – 1pm. or Saturday 10am – 12pm.

Thanksgiving Market  Saturday, Nov. 23th, 2019 9am-2pm. For those with mobility issues, there’s a special Friday Thanksgiving Market day Nov. 22nd, 2019, by appointment only, starting at 2:30 PM. Sign up at the client desk in November 2019.

We will be CLOSED FRIDAY NOVEMBER 29TH & SATURDAY NOVEMBER 30TH.

Holiday Market Saturday December 14th, 2019 9am – 2pm

Our Holiday Market will be open on Saturday December 14th from 9am – 2pm. This is a special holiday market day, where members will get all the yummy fixings to make their Christmas dinner at home.

If you need extra assistance due to being mobility challenged, or have kiddos with you that will require extra help, we have appointments available on December 13th, 2019, starting at 2:30pm, by appointment only. Please call (360)629-2789 or stop in to schedule an appointment.

Holiday Closures:

  • November 28th, 2019
  • November 29th, 2019
  • November 30th, 2019
  • December 21st, 2019
  • December 25th, 2019
  • December 26th, 2019
  • January 1st, 2020