The Northshore Community Kitchen (NCK) 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 Northshore School District nurses, and thanks to generous community support and a great group of volunteers, up to 13 Northshore families in need have been able to pick up a simple, freshly prepared and nutritious ready-to-eat meal once a week (including over summer vacations) since April 2012. In addition to the fresh meals, during the school year the Kitchen provides snacks for the Teen Zone program at Kenmore Library, and the Kitchen Table Homework Club at Skyview Middle School.
Volunteers: We have 3 volunteers working in the kitchen at the Y/Carol Edwards Center in Woodinville once a week for approx. 2 hours making sandwiches, washing/chopping veggies, preparing the weekly entrée, etc., and a volunteer distributing family meal bags from 5.30 - 7.30 p.m. that same evening. All adult volunteers involved in food preparation must either be PTA members or registered YMCA volunteers and have current WA Food Worker Cards. Student volunteers must be junior high or high school students. No WA Food Worker card is necessary for a one-time student shift. All volunteers must complete and return the appropriate Volunteer Agreement.
Adult Volunteer Agreement and Teen Volunteer Agreement
Our meals are made freshly every week so the NCK is not a drop-in meal program. Families sign up through their school nurse.
NCK welcomes donations - one-time or repeated - of specific fresh food and pantry items, baked treats, etc. For a list of specific needs, or if you have any questions, please contact the NCK Coordinator Sue Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-844-8923.
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.