All-day Food Drive scheduled for June 10
VANCOUVER – Share’s annual Appeal for Meals campaign will be held this year June 6 to 12; all funds raised will support Share’s meal programs.
“We believe that every person counts. But for hundreds of local families and individuals, access to nutritious food remains a constant, daily struggle. To-go meals through our Hot Meals program remain near historically high numbers with 8,500-plus served per month,” said Diane McWithey, executive director. “It is vital that we keep our Backpack, Fresh Food Pantries, Hot Meals, Summer Meals and Outreach Food Kit programs fully funded, providing healthy and fresh foods to children and families, women and men in our community.”
Donations can be made online at sharevancouver.org or by mailing a check to 2306 NE Andresen Road, Vancouver, WA 98661.
All financial donations will be matched up to $78,225 thanks to Amerigroup, Fran & Bruce Bosch, DA Davidson, gravitate, iQ Credit Union, KMR Group Foundation, The Tod & Maxine McClaskey Family Foundation, New Seasons Market, Northwest Nutrition Chapter 17, OnPoint Community Credit Union, Pacific Premier Bank, Jessica & Henry Schuck, and Stahancyk, Kent & Hook.
The Appeal for Meals campaign will also include an All-Day Food Drive on Thu., June 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Share Fromhold Service Center, 2306 NE Andresen Road. The food drive will be a drive-thru event at the warehouse door (located on the south side of the building; directional arrows will guide donors through the parking lot). Donors do not need to leave their vehicle, just pop their trunk or open their door and a volunteer or staff member will collect their non-perishable food donation.
Needed items include: canned or easy-open chicken and tuna, canned soup (not condensed ideal), peanut Butter (no glass jars, 28 oz or less), canned fruit & fruit cups, chili (pop top ideal), squeezable applesauce, smoothies & yogurt, pasta (2 lb. or less), rice (2 lb. or less), mac & cheese, Cup O’ Noodles, chewy granola & snack bars, cheese and/or peanut butter crackers and reusable grocery bags (bags are how Share distributes food to kids in the Backpack program).
Founded in 1979, Share’s mission is: Share believes every person counts. Together we pursue a stronger community by building relationships, advocating for equitable access to housing and food stability while empowering every individual to grow and thrive.
Share operates four shelters for those experiencing homelessness, an Affordable Housing and Stability program, Lincoln Place (a 30-unit Housing First model apartment complex), a street outreach program, a Housing & Essential Needs (HEN) program, Rent Well (a tenant education program), and Hot Meals, a daily meal program (breakfast, lunch and dinner) which is free and open to the community. Share also operates a Summer Meals program that provides free meals to children 18 and under, and a Backpack program in partnership with 94 local schools to provide weekly food bags to 650-plus children and their families, as well as to distribute 500 weekly pantry boxes and operate 12 fresh food pantries.