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
Holiday Schedule - Our Thanksgiving Holiday basket signups begin on October 27 and go through November 7 (regular business hours 10 to 1:30 weekdays) or until we have assigned all our tickets. The client household receives a ticket that can be redeemed for their holiday basket on any of the following dates:
Thanksgiving Basket Distribution Days - 11/23 (Sunday - noon to 4:00 p.m.); 11/24 (1000 am to 2:00 pm); and 11/25 (1000 am to 1:30 pm)
The Foodline will be closed for Thanksgiving Nov. 26 thru 28.
See the synopsis for our holiday season [here].
Send Hunger Packing
One in five children in our community are at risk of going hungry.
You can choose to make a difference in a child’s future. Send Hunger Packing and get food into the hands of our hungry children, seniors, and families today.
Donate cash and food at any Kitsap Credit Union Branch and/or donate food and hygiene products with any of the Send Hunger Packing partners.
All contributions will be distributed to local food banks.
Do you need help signing up for Health Care Benefits?
Assistance for signing up for health care via the Affordable Care Act (aka. Obamacare) Health Benefits Exchange can be obtained at the Sylvian Way Library on the following schedule:
Sat. Nov. 15, from 10 am - 2 pm
Tuesdays, Nov. 18 & 25; Dec. 2, 16, & 23; Jan. 6, 20, & 27; & Feb. 3 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm.
Tuesdays, Dec. 9, Jan. 13 & Feb. 10 from 4 to 7 pm.
If you have questions call Peninsula Community Health Services at 360-377-3776 and not the Foodline.
Don't forget smile.amazon.com for your online purchases. They will make a donation to the Foodline if you so designate at no extra cost to you.
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.
Nov. 1 - Send Hunger Packing Food Drive (thru Dec. 30)
Nov. 19 - Get Your Shots Here - Starting at 10 am representatives from the Kitsap Health Dept. will be here for a Shot Clinic. They will offer Flu shots, TDAP (tetanus, pertussis) and hepatitis shots based on completing the form. They will also help with health care insurance questions.
Nov. 19 - Board Meeting (5:30) Meet our Board of Directors [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.
Nov. 22 - Thanksgiving Basket Assy - Volunteers Needed.
Nov. 23 - 25 Thanksgiving Basket Distribution - See schedule [here] - Volunteers Needed.
Nov. 26 - 28 Thanksgiving Facility Closure.
Dec. 1 Board & Staff Holiday Event - 5 - 7:00 pm
Dec. 1 - 12 Christmas Basket Signups
Dec 20 Christmas Basket Assembly (Volunteers needed)
Dec 21 - 23 Christmas Basket Distribution (12/21 Noon to 4 pm; 12/22 10 am to 2 pm; 12/23 10 am to 1:30 pm)
Dec 24 - 26 Holiday Closure
Dec 31 - Jan 1 End of Year Closure
FOODLINE NEWS ARCHIVE [here]
FOODLINE GENERAL INFORMATION
>> We Need Your Help - 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.
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 - Closed at present time.
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.
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.