Arriving in Seattle meant the end of the second leg of our travels. We planned all along to spend a lot of time here with friends, knowing it would feel like home to us. It only seemed right to partner with an organization that gave us the same feeling. We wanted a place we could volunteer at each week and create a routine while making new friends. That happened immediately upon arriving at the Pike Market Food Bank and meeting manager, Brian who helps run the organization located in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market.
Dignity and service are at the heart of the Pike Market Food Bank mission. Open Tuesday and Thursday mornings, the food bank feeds 800 people a week, on average. They provide groceries to the elderly, homeless, and working poor within the Pike Place Market and Seattle communities. The food bank also provides clothing, baby supplies, and hygiene products which are donated by local businesses. The bakery at the market donates their day old bread and pastries and the chain high rise hotel donates toilet paper. Every little contribution helps and brings together a small community each day.
The food bank is a community driven organization with dedicated volunteers, many of whom are clients of the food bank themselves. They each contribute many hours to help meet the growing demand for the food bank’s services.
Each week we would arrive and join our new friends and help distribute food to those in need. Jo, our newest friend in Seattle holds a special place in our hearts, with her old school personality and the fact that she reminds us of our grandmas.