Regional & Community Relations

November 9, 2018

President Cauce’s visit to the University District Food Bank

President visit to Univ Dist Food Bank 2018-Oct_AH_9273Did you know the U District has one of the city’s busiest food banks? Since 1983, the University District Food Bank has been helping people from six different zip code areas by providing access to healthy food and life-changing resources.

President Cauce and members of the University’s Office of External Affairs visited the food bank in October to see this key community resource in action and learn about UW’s numerous connections. Executive Director Joe Gruber provided a thorough and passionate description of the organization’s programs beyond offering nutritious food through its walk-in, supermarket-style food bank four days a week.

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For example, friendly staff can help food bank visitors determine if they’re eligible for food stamps and apply online. Additionally, people who have difficulty visiting the food bank in person can apply for the organization’s Home Delivery program, which relies on volunteers to distribute weekly bags of groceries to eligible recipients.

 

Their rooftop farm provides space for growing vegetables, other fresh produce and even boasts its own beehives. Now that’s local produce!

Being hungry isn’t a recipe for good learning. The Packs For Kids program sends meals and snacks home each weekend with children who rely on free or reduced school lunches during the week. A collaboration with eight local partner schools, the program offers nutritious and age-appropriate food.

Huskies are regularly found among the food bank’s numerous weekly volunteers, preparing food for distribution, tending the rooftop garden and serving in other much-needed positions. The food bank’s summer 2018 newsletter mentioned that during a busy week, volunteers might provide up to 500 hours of help!

The University is proud to support the work of this key community asset.

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