As is true across our country, the need for food is increasing dramatically as individuals face the difficult choice between food and housing, food and medicine, food and childcare…food and heat. Bremerton Foodline (BFL) eases the burden of that choice just a bit by providing a much needed emergency safety net. Our work is possible thanks to the support of our wonderful volunteers and donations from individuals, businesses, churches and community organizations. Only working together can we alleviate the pain of hunger for our neighbors!
If you need help or know someone that needs help please see our Need Help? page for valuable information, or contact us at BFL.
Facility Hours: Mon thru Fri 10:00 am until 1:45 pm. See closure info [here].
New Client Brochure: [Link]
This is the season we need help the most.
PLEASE HELP, DONATE TODAY!
Cash is best because we can buy 3 times more food than the average person. Donate thru this webpage, via PayPal, or bring a check to our facility. We love food donations also and please volunteer and donate a day or two during the holiday season. You will never regret it.
For more specifics about donating see [here].
BREMERTON HIGH SCHOOL students held a food drive and then delivered it to the BREMERTON FOODLINE located directly across the street, in a unique way.
On Friday, November 22 2013, you could hear voices yelling – It’s ‘KNIGHT TIME!’ It’s ‘KNIGHT TIME!’ And, it really was – a couple hundred Bremerton High School students – the “KNIGHTS” voluntarily stayed after school and formed snaking bucket brigade from the front lobby of their school to the warehouse of the Bremerton Foodline, a block away.
These amazing students passed bags, boxes, and cases of all kinds of food, student to student from the lobby of their school to the Foodline warehouse for more than 40 minutes. A few students even got their parents involved, standing shoulder to shoulder with their children, and passing food down the line. When all was said & done, the BREMERTON KNIGHTS had donated and moved 4,392 pounds of food, more than 2 tons.
Bremerton Foodline Chairman of the Board of Directors Earl Burt –– was grinning from ear to ear as he stepped in line and helped pass food along, he said “What time is it? It’s KNIGHT Time! What these students did was awesome, just AWESOME for those who live in their community. We thank them for ALL their hard work and caring!”
On another note: On Saturday, November 23 – some of these same students volunteered at the Bremerton Foodline helping to package more than 800 food baskets in preparation for distribution for Thanksgiving – I agree – the Bremerton KNIGHTS are awesome! (Catherine Jett – Bremerton Foodline Board of Directors)
THE BREMERTON FOODLINE NEEDS YOUR HELP - Ask us how your group could sponsor a family or several families for a holiday basket for Thanksgiving or Christmas. We already have turkeys or hams for the families expected but we need the good stuff to round out that meal. We expect to serve over 1300 baskets this season so you can really make a difference! Come and bring your sponsored food baskets, help us assemble baskets, or help us distribute baskets to our client/customers. Remember we dont serve meals, we give the groceries to make them. Call us at the Bremerton Foodline for more information or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A listing of basket contents and suggestions on how to collect the food for your sponsored baskets is available upon request.
SEND HUNGER PACKING campaign begins Nov. 1st and runs thru Dec. 30th. Businesses, service clubs, schools, churches, and more will be collecting food to donate to the local food banks of the Kitsap County Food Bank Coalition as well as food banks in Belfair, Port Townsend, and Gig Harbor. Watch the Kitsap Sun and BKAT for more news or simply contact your local food bank to get boxes and posters so you can have a great food drive and help your neighbors.
2012 ANNUAL NEWSLETTER [HERE]
FALL 2013 NEWSLETTER [here with insert here]
The Foodline welcomes new Board member Steve Zemcik. Steve has been a hard working, regular volunteer at the Foodline. We are looking forward to working with Steve on the Board.
THE HOMELESS IN KITSAP NEWSLETTER [here]. We have the latest posted on our "Who Are The Homeless" page. If you are not familiar with the newsletter, it is highly recommended that you read it as it is a great source of information about the homeless in our community.
The North Mason Food Bank is open for business.
Hours are Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 2 pm, and Wednesday from 1 to 5 pm.
The Food Bank is located at 22471 Washington 3, Belfair , WA 98528 , next to the Belfair Water District.
Donations and volunteers are needed
MORE FOODLINE AND COMMUNITY NEWS [here]
DONATIONS NEEDED - This is the time of year when donations start to drop off. Donations pick up during the holiday season which is much appreciated. However, the Foodline relies on food and cash donations throughout the year. Cash donations are the most effective way to donate. Please see our Donate page for more information.
Food Drives are another way to help the Foodline. If your organization would like to help by holding a food drive see here for more information.
See our new Board of Directors officers [here]. President Earl Burt, Vice President Scott Menard, Treasurer Christine Davis, and Secretary Emily Hatt. Great appreciation for out going president Kim Faulkner and treasurer Dirk VanZantin.
FACEBOOK -The Foodline has a new Facebook page [here].
SEVERE WEATHER SHELTER - The Foodline will again host a severe weather shelter at our facilities. More info to follow.
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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Because of state budget cut-backs, the numbers of volunteers we get from Kitsap Community Resources is way down. We handle lots of food each day and serve many clients. We need volunteers in many areas. If you might consider volunteering, even for one day a week, please Contact Us or see our Volunteer page for more information.
PHOTO GALLERY - See photos of Foodline events in our photo gallery. Big thanks to Cathie Jett, official BFL photographer.
See our Annual Report (here)
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.