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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Its almost here!

Our Day of Service Community Food Drive is almost here! There is still time to volunteer but mostly we just need everyone to donate a few items to help our food banks. Stanwood Foursquare Church has donated space for the 'big sort' on the 17th and even though we are certain we will have sun, it is nice to know that we have an indoor location to sort IF it decides to go all Pacific Northwest on us!

So tell your friends, clean out that pantry, and stop by one of our many drop off locations from Sept. 12th to the 17th.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wish List

The following is a list of items most wanted by our local food banks. While all non perishable items are gladly accepted, some items they need more than others. So between now and Sept. 17th, watch the sale flyers, talk to your friends and lets see how many of these items we can get donated to our Food Banks! The blue items are the most needed.

Food Banks Wish List

“Anything you like on your table, those using the food bank do too.”
- Jeanie Ovenell, Executive Director Stanwood Camano Food Bank

Canned Items:

Tuna                                                                         Canned Milk

Meats (chicken, turkey, beef, salmon)                              Crisco

Beans, such as Kidney, Pinto, or Pork & Beans                  Refried Beans

Soup                                                                         Stew

Fruit                                                                          Hash

Boxed or Packaged:

Peanut Butter                                                              Spaghetti Sauce

Dried Pasta, such as spaghetti or elbow Macaroni               Hamburger Helper

Cereal                                                                        Rice-A-Roni

Oatmeal                                                                     Scalloped Potatoes

Macaroni & Cheese                                                      White Sugar

Ramen Noodles                                                           Brown Sugar

Bisquick                                                                     Mayonnaise

Pancake mix                                                                Mustard

Ketchup                                                                     Cereal

Coffee                                                                       Tea

Hot Chocolate                                                             Fruit Juice



Toilet Paper                                                                Paper Towels

Laundry Detergent                                                       Deodorant

Shaving Cream                                                            Feminine Hygiene Products


*Bar Soap                                                                  *Toothpaste  

*Toothbrushes                                                            *Shampoo

*these can be trial size (i.e. from dentist, or hotel rooms)


Children’s Items:

Diapers                                                                      Wipes

Diaper Cream                                                              Baby Shampoo

Baby Food                                                                  Baby Cereal

Formula                                                                     Toddler Snacks

Kid-friendly Snacks *not too sugary please*

(fruit cups, applesauce cups, fruit roll-ups, Goldfish crackers, granola bars, etc.)


Cake mix


(every kid deserves a birthday cake)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Get involved!

To celebrate the National Day of Service and Remembrance that commemorates Sept. 11th, a HUGE food drive for the Stanwood and Camano Island area is being organized that will run from Sept 12th through the 17th. In order to help as many people as possible all three local food banks will benefit from this drive; the Stanwood Food Bank, the Food Closet at Camano Chapel, and the Food Bank at the Warm Beach Community Church.

We are hoping to get as many businesses, churches and community organizations involved as possible.

If you would like to help, the following is a list of ways your group can get involved:

- Spread the word! Announce at your meetings, publish in your newsletters, and post on your web-sites.

-Volunteer to man one of the drop boxes at Haggen, QFC, or IGA. This simply involves handing out a wish list of items that the food banks have asked for to people as they enter the store. Also thanking them for their donation and smiling! This can be for an hour, or more depending on your schedule.

-Adopt an item or two from the wish list. Many items that the food banks need are hard to get donated because people don’t think about that particular item, or because it may be a bit more expensive.

-Have your own mini food drive between now and Sept. 17th. Challenge your group members to bring an item to every meeting, or have a little friendly competition as to who can bring in the most items. Winner gets to present your group’s donations at the weigh in on the 17th!

-Volunteer to help on Sept 17th for the weigh in and sort, if you have a pickup truck even better.

This will be publicized, before and after the event. All groups who participate will have their names included in press releases if they wish.
Check back to see a list of needs and a list of those organizations who are participating!