A special update from the Ballard Food Bank

Dear Friends, 

I want to inform you of some exciting news at Ballard Food Bank.
 
As we all recognize, many of our neighbors in Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne struggle to meet their most basic needs. Each of you have offered incredible support in our mission to bring food and hope to our neighbors. Thank you for all that you do. I would like to bring you up to date on a project we are embarking on to strengthen our efforts of bringing food and hope to our community. 
 
There’s a tremendous need. The thousands of people we serve deserve a better, bolder Ballard Food Bank. They need a place where they can access food and other services like housing, medical care, and veterans’ benefits – all under one roof. We can be that place.
 
We’ve already started this work with our Community Resource Hub. In addition to food, clients meet with our amazing partners, on-site here at the Food Bank, to find support for the full spectrum of their needs. We hear stories each day about people who visit the Food Bank for groceries and leave with solutions to other challenges in their lives.
 
We’ve got a big vision: We want to solidify and expand this Community Hub – make it the one-stop shop for people who require a little help to get through a hard time and become self-sufficient. We want Ballard to remain a place where people who have different levels of income can live and work. 
 
This big vision requires a new space. Ballard Food Bank is bursting at the seams with our current activities; more space is essential to serve our neighbors. People grappling with hunger and poverty shouldn’t have to travel long distances to pay an energy bill or schedule a dental appointment. Our clients’ lives are hard enough – let’s make this part easy.
 
We’re in an active search. Affordable and accessible space is very hard to find in Seattle, especially in the areas we serve. We’ve started looking for a location for our new home. It’s intensifying because our current lease runs out in October of 2021.
 
I invite you all to keep your eyes and ears open for properties that could be our home – a place that provides the hope our community deserves.
 
While we embark on this journey to find a new home, please know that our current operations of offering food, hygiene items, financial assistance, and more will continue without interruption. Now more than ever our neighbors are at risk of losing benefits that are critical to their well-being like SNAP. We ask our community to continue to partner with us by donating your time, talent, and financial support. We promise to keep you up to speed as our search progresses. Keep an eye on this page for more details, and sign up for updates on the newsletter list below. If you have specific questions, please contact me at jenm@ballardfoodbank.org or 206-789-7800.
 
Thank you for your support of Ballard Food Bank now and as we look to the future. The work we are doing to serve all in our community is vital – now more than ever.

With gratitude, 
Jen Muzia
Executive Director 

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