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Welcome to The Bremerton Foodline 360-479-6188

Our Vision: Striving to Nourish and Enrich the Lives of Our Neighbors in Need.

Our Mission: Providing food assistance and other services to reduce hunger and improve self-sufficiency for those within our community.

LOCATION: 1600 12th Street in Bremerton PHONE:  360-479-6188
WE SERVE:  Those living in the Bremerton School District.
FACILITY HOURS: Mon thru Fri 10:00 am until 1:45 pm. (except as indicated on our Calendar and Closure Page).
  >> ATTENTION: THE FOODLINE INTAKE DESK WILL CLOSE AT 1:30. New clients or clients changing their household membership MUST ARRIVE BY 1:15 to complete paperwork, in order to be served the same day.  Access to the lobby will remain available until 1:45. 

For more information see the following links.

New Client Information                          Volunteer Information

2014 Summer Newsletter                       2013 Annual Report

Visit our facebook and give us a "like"       Frequently Asked Questions
 

         THE NEED FOR FOOD

Last year in this country 17.5 million families struggled to afford food. 

A recent study revealed that in 2013 17.5 million households in the USofA were food insecure.  This meant that they had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all the household members.  Of that number 6.8 million households had very low food security. 

See the study at this [link]

Individuals face the difficult choice between food and housing, food and medicine, food and childcare…food and heat. 

The Foodline eases the burden of that choice just a bit by providing a much needed emergency safety net. Our New Client Information brochure provides useful information about our services.

If you need help or know someone that needs help please see our Need Help? page for valuable information, or contact us at 360-479-6188 our Contact Us page)

The Foodline is run by a staff of four part-time paid employees, with the greatest share of work being done by volunteers. Many of our volunteers are also clients of the Foodline. We always need more volunteers. There are many different jobs that are needed. Work a few hours a week or whatever you can. See our Volunteer page.

Our work is possible thanks to the support of donations from individuals, businesses, churches and community organizations. Please donate food, time, or cash. See our Donation page for details about donating.

The Foodline provides emergency food to help our neighbors get thru the month.  A once a month basket is provided of approx enough food for 3 days [see photo]. The photo shows a cart with food for a family of four for a month. The food in the blue basket is extra produce that is provided if we have extra. 

     
    UPCOMING FOODLINE EVENTS and NOTICES

>> ATTENTION: THE FOODLINE INTAKE DESK WILL CLOSE AT 1:30.
New clients or clients changing their household membership MUST ARRIVE BY 1:15 to complete paperwork, in order to be served the same day.  Access to the lobby will remain available until 1:45.  The Foodline will continue to open at 10:00 am.

Don't forget smile.amazon.com for your online purchases. They will make a donation to the Foodline if you so designate. 


It's Time to Glean - According to Wikipedia, "Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest." 
Every year at this time we can see fruit trees where the owner has left fruit to rot after they have taken what they need or want. Please ask the owners if you can pick the fruit and deliver to your local foodbank. At the same time some gardeners have more zucchini or other vegetables, than they can use.   Fresh fruit and vegetables are highly valued at the Foodline.  Please help us collect fresh produce. 
If you are unfamiliar with gleaning, there are some good videos on the youtubes.

Use Your Fred Meyers Reward Card and They Will Donate to the Foodline

It wont cost you a cent or any Reward points.  Go to link http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and enter the Bremerton Foodline Non Profit Organization number 83699. More information here >>> Fred Meyer Community Rewards Information.

Oct. 11 (corrected) - Avebury Mystikals Masquerade Ball - At the Eagles Club 205 6th Street Bremerton WA 98337 -  October 11th 2014 from 8 pm- 1 pm.  For more information see [Link]

Oct. 13 - Columbus Day - Foodline Facility will be closed.

Oct. 15 - Board of Directors Meeting(5:30 p.m.) -    Our officers are President Earl Burt, Vice President Kate Cofer, Treasurer Christine Davis, and Secretary (Interm) Tara Pate. List of BoD [here] with photos [here].  
If you would be interested in becoming a Board member, please contact any Board member or visit our facility and speak to any of our staff.


Oct. 16 - 
The Great Washington Shakeout earthquake drill.  On Oct. 16, at 10:16 am over 650,000 people in the state ofWashingtonwill participate in an earthquake drill.  The Foodline is considering participating but in a manner not to interrupt service to clients.   
For more information:  http://www.shakeout.org/washington/index.html

Oct. 16 - World Food Day - Family Farming is the focus of World Food Day 2014
Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth” - has been chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. It focuses world attention on the significant role of family farming in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas.
More at:  http://www.fao.org/world-food-day/home/en/

Oct. 31 - FUN AND SAFE HALLOWEEN IN DOWNTOWN BREMERTON on Oct. 31, from 5 - 8 pm on 4th Street and Pacific Avenue in downtown Bremerton. Bremerton’s 2013 Halloween Safe Trick or Treat features hay rides, carnival games, music, a haunted building, treats and fun.

The Foodline will have a booth the same as last year… 5th and Pacific.  We will be handing out Halloween candy and sharing our information with everyone.  Please come by.

Nov. 1 - Send Hunger Packing Food Drive (thru Dec. 30)

Nov. 11 - Veteran's Day - Facility Closed.

Nov. 19 - Board of Director's Meeting

Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving Basket Assy
- Volunteers Needed.

Nov. 23 - 25  Thanksgiving Basket Distribution - Volunteers Needed.

Nov. 26 - 28  Thanksgiving Facility Closure.

  FOODLINE NEWS ARCHIVE [here]


     FOODLINE GENERAL INFORMATION

>> We Need Your Help
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Our budget for 2014 indicates that we are facing a challenge in the year ahead. We expect to lose some organizational funding and will need to make up for it via donations, food drives and fund raisers. While we will be stepping up our efforts in these areas, we need your help. There are multiple ways to help [How You Can Help] but supporting our food drives and fund raisers is essential. 


     AMAZON SMILE - When you buy on line use Amazon Smile [here] and the Foodline will receive a portion of the price donated by Amazon.com.
See other ways to donate [Here]

MEET OUR STAFF - Executive Director - Patti Peterson, Office Coordinator - Minta MacPherson, and Driver - Ron Gearns.  See Photos

SHARE YOUR GARDEN PRODUCE - 
There always is a high demand for fresh produce.  We are register with and support Ample Harvest who are dedicated to see that garden produce is not wasted. 

Food Drives are a great way to help the Foodline.  If your organization would like to help by holding a food drive see here for more information.

Severe Weather Shelter - Cosed for the season.

FOOD RECALLS - The Bremerton Foodline is informed on a regular basis of products being recalled or otherwise not safe for consumption by our clients. Our policy is to respond to all recall notifications immediately by removing these items from our inventory.  We often have specific information posted at our facility.  For more information visit the Food and Drug Administration website.  Also great info at foodsafety.gov.  


PHOTO GALLERY - See photos of Foodline events in our photo gallery.  Big thanks to Cathie Jett, official Foodline photographer.

THE HOMELESS - 
The Foodline continues to assist local ministries in feeding the homeless by providing grocery bags of food. We also need donations of these specific items for the Homeless Bags -  Canned Stew or Chili, Canned Vegetables, Tuna, Peanut Butter, Beverages (single serve), Top Ramen or Cup O Noodles, Granola/Snack bars.  Now is a great time to help your community.  See our "Who Are the Homeless" page.  Those that carry their homes on their backs need new or used backpacks in good condition. See flyer here.

CFC – For those that donate via the Combined Federal Campaign please remember to specify the Bremerton Foodline (31086) for your donation. Thank you.

Register to Vote – Yes, your vote counts. Recently we have seen a number of recount elections which were won by just a few votes one way or the other. So take advantage of one of our precious freedoms and register and vote.

Kitsap Rescue Mission serves lunch to clients and volunteers at the Foodline most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:45 pm to 1:15 pm in the 12th street parking area by the picnic table.  There is no charge for lunch although donations are accepted. Note: The date and times may vary. The current schedule will be posted in the Foodline lobby. For more information visit their website kitsaprescue.org.

The North Mason Food Bank is open for business. Call for hours and information. The Food Bank is located at 22471 Washington 3, Belfair , WA 98528 , next to the Belfair Water District.

Phone: 360.275.4615
Donations and volunteers are needed

An American Winter is a documentary about families in Portland, Oregon that need help getting food for their families.  A very powerful documentary. It may be available on the internet.