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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)
SALLY SANTANA - We at the Foodline are saddened with the passing of long time advocate for the poor and homeless, Sally Santana. Some like to call her the Mother Teresa of Kitsap County. She was active with the Kitsap Interfaith, South Kitsap Helpline, and Coffee Oasis.
Sally lived with her grown son Gabe, both having major medical problems. From the Kitsap Sun, "They shared a Port Orchard apartment where Sally, a religion columnist for the Kitsap Sun, said they looked after each other and kept each other alive." Gabe died eight days following Sally's death.
I believe this is Sally's last Kitsap Sun column - http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2013/may/24/sally-santana-prejudice-in-a-different-form/#axzz2fe70Y4sD We will miss Sally Santana.
KATHLEEN KOSKEY a long time volunteer and friend of the Foodline passed away on June 20. Kathy was retired from PSNS and worked for many years helping stock shelves. She always had a smile and nice word for everyone. Kathy was also a member of the Silverdale Lutheran Church and the Silverdale Lions Club. She will be missed.
BREMERTON SUMMER BREWFEST - A big hit for the Foodline that sold grilled sausages, veggy kabobs, pretzel necklaces, and other snacks. Volunteers made this possible with some working all day including Patti and Mike Peterson, Kim Faulkner, Christen and Deno Davis, Greg Wheeler and his wife, and Earl Burt. Forgive me for not including all the names. A special thanks to the Toro Lounge that furnished the sausages and to Christine Davis that set up the Foodlines participation in this popular event.
HELP STAMP OUT HUNGER POSTAL FOOD DRIVE - This event was held on May 11, and is our major food drive for the year. The whole community gets together for this event. Community members place food donations in bags that the Postal Carriers pick up on their routs. After their shifts they drop the donations off either at the Foodline or at centralized pickup centers. Often the carriers are donating their own time to do this. The Foodline received more than 3,000 pounds of food donations. The food items are picked up at the drop off areas and hauled to the Foodline. Our truck driver Tim hauled most of the donations while Mike Peterson also helped pick up food. Once the food reaches the Foodline, it is a busy effort for volunteers to be ready to unload the food and rough sort into boxes. The boxes are then placed on a pallet and weighed and then temporarily stored in our warehouse. This takes most of the day Saturday. Lots of volunteers are involved and it has a real community feel. A barbeque is provided for the volunteers. On the following week the food received is divided up among the Foodline, St. Vincent de Paul, and Salvation Army. We are thankfull for the food donations although disappointed to see the amount down from previous years. We very much want to thank all those that worked so hard to help us especially our staff of Susan, Rachel, and Tim. Also a special thanks to Mike Peterson and Board member Kimberly for their hard work.
The 2013 Empty Bowl fundraiser last Sat. was a tremendous success. A fun time was had by all and needed funds (over $5500) were raised to help the Foodline in its mission. The success could not have been possible without the very hard work of Board member (treasurer) Christine Davis. This was the third Empty Bowl that she chaired. Christine had help from Patti Peterson and other Board members. Dino Davis was the emcee.
Also important to the success where those that helped with running the event. CJ's Evergreen General Store & Catering ran the kitchen with Chef Drew, The Willows provided the young waitstaff who were donating their time. Sustainable Bremerton helped with set up and clean up.
The following establishments donated soup: CJ's, The Willows, Hale's Ale House, Suzy's Kitchen, La Fermata, El Balcon, Toro Lounge, 2 Blocks Up Cafe, HiLo's 15th Street Cafe, Der Bloken, Bridgeview Bistro, and Chef Plemmons.
Thanks to the Dessert Angels: Kathryn Felix and baking crew, Lydia, Ella & Hailey, Cynthia Martin of Hurley, Williams & Cook PS, and candy maker, Pattie Green! Also thanks to musician, Greg Hanenberg of Moxie Swing!
For the first year local businesses and organizations sponsored individual tables. They included : Hurley, Williams & Cook PS, Windermere Real Estate, the Bremerton Kiwanis Club, the McDonald family, Manutters, Around the Sound Constructrion and Mistarian Roses (the table that donated the most and won a prize!).
Also providing support were Claywerks, Olympic College Clay Club, BHS Pottery Students, NCAD, and Amy Burnett Art Gallery. A special thanks goes to Julie & Jen of Mistarian Roses, Lisa Stirrett, Amy Burnett, Marie Weichman, Steve Priest, and Mayor Patty Lent for creating and donating the beautiful Opportunity Drawing bowls!
This was truly a community event with so many helping that I hope we didnt leave someone out.
Please read an article about the Empty Bowl event in the Bremerton Patriot [here].
GREEN DRINKS AT BREMERTON FOODLINE-
On April 16 the Bremerton Green Drinks held their annual event at the Foodline which brought to the Foodline a total of $50 in cash donations and 140 lbs. of food donations. Most importantly we got to meet new friends and local business professionals, many that were not familiar with our operations. We all enjoyed the the great beverage service of Silolam and absolutely wonderful food from CJs Evergreen Catering! The Tiramisu was excellent.
Bremerton Green Drinks is a local group but part of a national movement to sustain local businesses, helping those in need and being conscious of our world thru social interaction and networking. See [here] for more information.
2012 Postal Food Drive. May 12 was the annual nation wide Postal Food Drive. Typically the day started slow and got vey busy in the later afternoon. A huge thanks to the dedicated volunteers that stayed to help finish up. At the Bremerton Foodline, we had hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, etc. for the volunteers. We processed approximately 36,000 pounds of donated food. This was split equally with Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul. The food banks of the county collected approx a total of 102,000 pounds. Thank you to the postal workers, the volunteers and most of all the donors.