The Northshore Community Kitchen is a partnership between Northshore Council PTSA and the Northshore YMCA to help address the food insecurity needs of Northshore students and their families. Working with the Northshore School District, and thanks to generous support from a couple of local businesses and organizations, donations from PTA units and individuals, and a great group of volunteers, Northshore families in need have been able to pick up a simple, freshly prepared and nutritious ready-to-eat meal once a week since April 2012, including over summer vacation. Also, during the school year, the students who attend the Hang Time afterschool program at Kenmore Junior High each receive a once a week snack.
Volunteers: We have 4 or 5 volunteers working in the kitchen at the Y/Carol Edwards Center in Woodinville for 2 hours per week (Wednesday mornings from 9.30 - 11.30) making sandwiches, preparing veggies, baking muffins, etc., and 1 or 2 volunteers distributing meal bags from 5.30 – 7.30 p.m. that same evening to families who’ve enrolled in the program.
Please note that this is not a drop-in volunteer program. All adult volunteers must either be PTA/PTSA members, or registered YMCA volunteers. Student volunteers must be junior high or high school students. Students need not be paid members of their PTA/PTSA or a registered YMCA volunteer, but their PTA/PTSA must have students noted as ‘honorary members’ in their current Standing Rules. All volunteers must complete and return the appropriate Volunteer Agreement:
Adult Volunteer Agreement and Teen Volunteer Agreement
All volunteers involved in food preparation on morning shift(s) must have a current WA Food Worker Card. No Food Worker Card is required for evening volunteers, but they must be aged 18 or over because of privacy/confidentiality issues. See our Exec Team Toolbox page for info on obtaining a card.
We welcome donations - one-time or repeated - of specific fresh food and pantry items, baked treats, etc. For a list of specific needs, Volunteer Agreements, or if you have any questions, please contact Sue Freeman, Community Kitchen Coordinator.
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One of our major supporters is Farms for Life, a local organization that works actively to strengthen our community by distributing fresh produce and offering food education classes to people who may not otherwise have access to these resources.
FFL is a bridge between local farms that often have surplus crops, and agencies who serve people in need of healthy food.
To find out more information about Farms for Life go to http://farms4life.org.
Members of the U14 United Rebels soccer team volunteered their time at the Northshore Community Kitchen to among other things, make dozens of sandwiches and bagels, and prepare veggies for in-need families in Northshore. Note the cool Community Kitchen logo on those aprons! Special thanks to the girls for all their hard work.