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Welcome to The Bremerton Foodline 360-479-6188

WE ARE LOCATED at 1600 12th Street in Bremerton across from Bremerton HS
WE SERVE those living in the Bremerton School Dist.
FACILITY HOURS: Mon thru Fri 10:00 am until 1:45 pm. (see our Calendar and Closure Page for exceptions). The Foodline desk closes 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.  
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VISION: Striving to Nourish and Enrich the Lives of Our Neighbors in Need.

MISSION: Providing food assistance and other services to reduce hunger and improve self-sufficiency for those within our community.
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FOODLINE INFORMATION QUICK LINKS


New Client Information                                     Volunteer Information  
2015 Spring Newsletter Insert                       2013 Annual Report  
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Donate Here 


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                       Save the date for the Kitsap Great Give 2016!

 

    May 3 2016 is an important day of online giving – for 24 hours a percentage of every dollar given through the Kitsap Great Give website that day will be matched, making your gift go even farther.  Did you know that the event sponsors would proportionally match every dollar you donate so that the nonprofits you donate to will actually get more money than you donate! Your $100 donation could become $120 or more actually going to the Bremerton Foodline. Your donations can also help the Bremerton Foodline win extra donation prizes throughout the day.
        Help your community, be part of one of the biggest day of charity ever in Kitsap County and have fun!  The past couple months have brought some new challenges and we really can use your help.  More than 100+ new families have applied for food and donates have slowed as we have had a couple donors close their businesses.  

          From the Executive Director of the United Way, Dave Foote Only 4 days, until the Kitsap Great Give and we’ve discovered a great way to ensure that we remember to participate in this great Kitsap opportunity to help United Way in its support of Kitsap Strong and the Kitsap Community Health Priorities. You can now download the ‘Give Local America’ App on your iPhone.  

              Go to your apps button and search for ‘Give Local America’.  Download it and you are set.  You can program it to remind you that it is time to make your pledge.  If you don’t have an iPhone, simply go to https://kitsapgreatgive.org/npo/bremerton-foodline-inc and make your pledge to the Bremerton Foodline.  Either way, you will help our community remain strong. Either way your donations WILL change someone’s life.  In February the Bremerton Foodline signed up 120 new families for services, and in March we had 140+ new families signed up for food services.  Your donations can make a real difference.

            The Kitsap Great Give is looking to break another donation record for the 3rd year in a row.  Last year the goal was $750,000 and all of you out there broke that record donating in excess of $1,017,000.  This year the goal is set at $1,500,000 and we know that you can top that as well. If you haven’t checked out this YouTube video about the Kitsap Great Give, please do so now. https://youtu.be/6s0J935zwCE

          Save the date for the Kitsap Great Give - May 3rd 2016!

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Saturday May 14th 2016 is the Annual Postal Food Drive - Please Join the Bremerton Foodline, help with this essential food drive, and don't forget to THANK YOUR LETTER CARRIER! Food levels are shrinking and all donations of non-perishable food are gratefully accepted.

We can also use volunteers for the event onsite after 2 PM on Sat. May 14th - please contact us at 360-479-6188 if you, your family and/or friends can volunteer. Volunteers help to sort the various donations wh...en our wonderful Letter carriers drop off their donations.

If you are unable to leave non-perishable food on May 14 for your postal food carrier - you are welcome to donate to the Bremerton Foodline via: http://bremertonfoodline.org/index.php?page=display&id=133

Your on-line secure donations is tax-deductible. On the other hand, you can send a donation directly to the Bremerton Foodline at 1600 12th Street, Bremerton WA 98337. Donations are accepted all year long.   Thank you in advance.

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The 2016 Bremerton Foodline's Annual "Empty Bowl" fundraising event was held on Saturday, April 16 at Olympic College in the Student event commons area. This year's event was a smaller venue, with a limited number of seats available.

McCloud’s Bar & Grill’s Roasted Chicken and Black Bean Soup was selected as the “People’s Choice”, with the Olympic College Culinary Institute’s “Spring Pea Soup” coming in second, by only one vote.  Other gourmet soups included - HiLo’s 15th Street Café’s Roasted Poblano Chili Corn Chowder”, Boatshed Restaurant’s “Roasted Cauliflower”, Sweet & Smoky Diner’s “Gumbo Soup” and the Toro Lounge’s “Cream of Tomato w/Basil” Soup.  The Restaurants truly presented some outstanding soups.  

Many attendees commented that it was hard to decide which bowl to choose for their tickets, bowl were donated by local artists of all ages to help support the mission of the Bremerton Foodline.  Thank you to EVERYONE who worked to pull this event together.  The Bremerton Foodline staff and Board of Directors appreciate all your efforts. (see our photo gallery)

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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 USA 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. 

FOODLINE NEWS   [Link to NEWS ARCHIVE]
  

See our calendar for a listing of upcoming Bremerton Foodline events.

FOODLINE GENERAL INFORMATION

>> We Need Your Help -
2015 saw financial challenges for many Americans.  We are no different. Although we had very generous donations of money, food and volunteer time, we will need to do a little better in 2016 to meet the needs of our community. Please continue your 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. 

>>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. 

>>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]
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MEET OUR STAFF –

Executive Director – Kimberly Faulkner,

Office Coordinator – Sam Silma,

Supervisor of Operations - Tracy Denham,

Driver - Bill LeMieux.  See Photos


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 – Is now located at the new addition of the Bremerton Salvation Army located at 832 6th St, Bremerton, WA 98337, contact them at (360) 373-5550.

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.

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.


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.