Sky Valley Motorcycle Show benefits Food Bank and Senior Center!


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RUMMAGE SALE to benefit Snohomish homeless teens

Rummage Sale

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By MELANIE RUSSELL Published March 23, 2016 in the SNOHOMISH TRIBUNE

Garden of Hope could become new food resource

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The garden looks just like planter’s boxes right now, but soon it could be a bounty of food benefitting the public and the Snohomish County Food Bank. This photo was taken last week.

SNOHOMISH — A new community garden to benefit low-income residents and the food bank is slated to open in May and planning and building are underway at the Church of the Nazarene on Thirteenth Street.  Volunteers have already built 12 garden beds so far. The community garden, called the Garden of Hope, will be geared for low-income residents that otherwise lack access to fresh produce. The garden also will be used for educating children and adults about growing and preserving food. “We really wanted to make this garden about promoting wellness, nutrition, community and education,” garden director Joni Kirk said. “It’s more than a church project. One day we were talking and thought, ‘let’s use this land for some good for our community.’” The Garden of Hope sits on about an acre of land, and so far the garden plots take up about a third of it. Kirk said they have more plans for the land if this first attempt is successful.  “We want to grow out from here, and want to get kids involved,” Kirk said. “That will be a major focus for the garden.” She is currently applying for grants for educational programs as well as getting funding for those who want to rent a garden plot but can’t afford the fee.  Fees for a plot in the Garden of Hope are $35 a season, plus a $15 clean-up fee deposit, but people who can’t pay the fees will get assistance.  Location is also a major  factor to the garden’s development. Surrounding the church are more than 200 low-income housing units that do not have the room or permission for garden plots. Kirk said this impacts people because they cannot grow or learn to grow healthy food.  The garden will be volunteer-run. One of the volunteers, Cybil Whitson, said the Garden of Hope will give hope for those that need it.  “The goal is to encourage, not discourage. We hope it encourages healthy eating and we want to lend a helping hand,” Whitson said. “My husband has the green thumb, not me, and he is really excited to garden.” In a partnership agreement with the Snohomish Community Food Bank, the Garden of Hope will ask each plot renter to send 10 percent of their harvest to the food bank at the end of summer.  “Produce is not just used, it’s treasured at the food bank,” Whitson said. “This will allow people  a chance to have access to perishable foods they wouldn’t normally have access to because it’s expensive and this can help with nutrition and health.”  The Garden of Hope is slated to open May 9 for planting.  For more information about getting involved with the Garden of Hope, located at 1017 13th Street in Snohomish, contact Kirk at

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Easter groceries will be served to our clients on March 22nd and 25th.

We NEED 4-6 pound hams for our families.  Requested delivery date by March 18th.  THANK YOU


On March 26th at 11:00 am, the city of Snohomish will be hosting the annual Easter Parade. Moms, dads, children, grandparents and all are invited to come to First Street to enjoy the festivities!

Zoe Easter 2014

Volunteers from the Snohomish Community Food Bank will be joining the parade so please come and say hello to the volunteers as they pass by!

Snohomish Faith Assembly   Sat. March 26 at 9 am
Snohomish Aquatic Center    Sat. March 26 at 12 pm, 2 pm & 4 pm
Session tickets are available for pre-sale at the Aquatic Center


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The Snohomish Community Food Bank is in the planning stages for the Thanksgiving and Christmas Services with expectations for feeding 350 families for each holiday (down by 75 from last year!). We are reaching out to the community, especially to groups of people who would like to pledge and collect an item and bring in 100, 200 or 350 quantity of that item. “This way, we can control the inventory, receive exactly what we need and offer the same menu to all families,” explains Elizabeth Grant, Director of the Snohomish Community Food Bank. “We have a list of about 20 items that we would like to collect to make it a nice dinner for everyone.”

The list includes: canned apple sauce; cake or brownie mix; healthy cereal; packaged oatmeal (boxes of 10); canned or boxed broth; packaged cocoa (boxes of 10); canned cream of mushroom soup; canned fruit (peaches, pears, mandarin oranges, fruit cocktail or any combination thereof); canned or packaged gravy; canned green beans; canned corn; canned peas; Jell-O; juice (100%); marshmallows; boxed stuffing; boxed tea (packets of 18 or 20); and boxed mashed potatoes.

If your organization or club would like to participate, please call Elizabeth Grant at 360.568.7993 and pledge the product and quantity you would like to collect between now and October 30th. Delivery dates for Thanksgiving is Wednesday and Thursday, November 18th and 19th; and for Christmas: Wednesday and Thursday, December 16th and 17th.

In addition to these group pledges, we will be asking for Thanksgiving turkeys (10 – 15 pounds) Christmas hams (4 – 8 pounds). This has been an on-going program for us for the past five years, to which the community responds generously. It is an incredible example of neighbors helping neighbors.

The Food Bank happily accepts financial donations via PayPal, check and cash. Receipts will be mailed to you at the end of the year for your tax purposes.

For more information, call Elizabeth Grant, Patti or Marjolijn at the Food Bank at 360.568.7993.

Contact: Elizabeth Grant, Director
Snohomish Community Food Bank
P. O. Box 1364, Snohomish, WA 98291
Telephone: 360.568.7993; Fax: 360.568.5903

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