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W inter 2017Generosity powers annual Take aBite Out of Hunger Benefit AuctionThe headline for the 21st annualTake a Bite Out of Hunger BenefitAuction could have read: “PowerGoes Out, Panic Ensues at Take aBite Out of Hunger Auction.” Insteadauction attendees reacted with uttercalm as St. Demetrios Hall went darkfor over an hour. They had fun. Theysat at their tables lit by tea lights; enjoyed a meal prepared by CameronCatering; and prepared to bid generously.And generous they were!The Raise-The-Paddle/Fund-ANeed raised a record 102,600 for theFood Bank’s food budget. A total of 19,464 came from Siegfried Kohl.Sig had wanted to come to the auction and raise his bid card during theFund-A-Need. Unfortunately, aftera long battle with cancer, Sig passedContinued on BACK PAGEThe lights went out for a bit during the annual Take a Bite Out of Hunger Benefigt Auction, but that didn’t stop people from enjoying the evening.Neighborhoods give duringtwo Thanksgiving eventsRunners gather at the starting line for the MontlakeCommunity Club’s first annual Turkey Trot 5K.Thanksgiving is of coursecentered around family, butthe holiday affords people theopportunity to give back to thecommunity as well. We hadtwo neighborhoods, Montlakeand Laurelhurst, hold turkeytrot fun runs, raising moneyand food donations for theFood Bank on ThanksgivingDay.The first annual MontlakeCommunity Club Turkey Trot5K and 1K Kids runs, routedthrough the Arboretum, attracted over 600 runners. Theevent exceeded expectationsraising 10,000 for the FoodBank. Sharsti Sandall, Montlake Community Club boardmember and the primary raceorganizer, said, “It’s reallyhumbling to see how generousContinued on page 5

University District FoodBank assists low-incomeindividuals residing withinzip codes 98102, 98103,98105, 98112, 98115, and98125.Food for Thought is published quarterly by University District Food Bank forour volunteers, donors, andpublic at large.University District FoodBank is a program of theUniversity District ServiceLeague, a registered 501(c) (3).STAFFJoe Gruber, ExecutiveDirectorBill Lowie, AssistantDirectorPaul Yunker, DevelopmentDirectorJulia Fulk, Home Deliveryand Packs for KidsCoordinatorRon Post, Weekend FoodRecovery SpecialistDave Reuter, Food BankCoordinatorHannah Duffany,Operations AssistantBOARDSean Session, PresidentPaula Skarr, Vice-PresidentJeff Staples, SecretaryCarol Cabe, TreasurerBrooke AndersonLeah BallRita BuycoGabrielle DavisMichael GoodheimKatrina HochEmily KimPoorva KordeJustin MarxJoy MooneyKailin MooneyDavid OlleeHeather udistrictfoodbank.orgPhone: 206-523-7060Letter From The DirectorDear Friends,I’ve worked at the Food Bank for more than 13 yearsnow. After never having worked in any job for morethan three years, I am remarkably lucky to have settled into such a welcome community here. Now thatwe’ve finally settled into our new home, I’ve thoughtoften about our path to 5017 Roosevelt Way NE.When I started at the Food Bank, our office was alarge closet across from the women’s restroom inthe basement of University Christian Church. WhenI arrived on Monday mornings, I met church volunteers cleaning up the overnight shelter for young adults hosted next to our office.The Food Bank handed out prepacked bags of groceries, and we’d send a volunteeraround to the nearby bus stops when we were open to collect all the discarded food.Our first change was to create an assembly line shopping system for food. We eliminated the stockpile of premade bags and let customers choose from some optionsas they walked past different tables. More volunteers actually got to speak to customers. We stuck with this system for a few years.When we wanted to hire a part time fundraiser, we convinced the church to rent usa larger room upstairs. It cost 200 more per month but meant we could have morethan one computer, one phone and two desks in it.In 2007, we tore down an internal Food Bank wall (physically and metaphorically) toimplement our grocery store shopping system. We also took over the little church diningroom for dry goods storage and installed warehouse pallet racking in it. And we doubledour service hours (and added Mondays) to become more accessible to our community.In 2009, we had high school students paint us murals both inside and outside theFood Bank to bring art into our daily work.By 2010 we moved the office again to make room for our home delivery coordinator and even another Food Bank staffer. We also had RW Anderson Homes donatea complete Food Bank remodel where they painted, upgraded the electrical wiring,installed emergency lighting, added a new ceiling, and built us proper customercheck-in and check-out desks all in a long weekend.Then, in the summer of 2011, the Board of Directors voted to move forward on acapital campaign.Finally, in mid-July 2016, we moved into our new home and on December 1st weclosed on our building purchase and signed our mortgage note since we have about 250,000 yet to raise.Now, when I arrive to work on Monday mornings, the volunteers are ours andthey’re readying the Food Bank to open, the young adults I see are coming from thesupported housing above the Food Bank or arriving next door at Street Bean Coffeefor their apprenticeship, and the closet across the hall from our gender neutral bathrooms houses a washer and dryer, not our office.We’ve undergone a lot of change during just these past 13 years, but that’s onlybeen possible because of your generous faith in and support of our mission and thetime and energy of tens of thousands of volunteers who help put our mission intoaction. Thank you for believing in our work. Thank you for nourishing our community. Thank you for creating this path to our new home.In peace,Joe

Thanks to our auction donors!2Bar Spirits5th Avenue TheaterA La Mode PiesAdamant CellarsRobert AdamsAgua Verde Café & PaddleClubAlaska AirlinesAlderbrook Resort & SpaRyan & Brooke AndersonFred and Teri AndrewArgosy CruisesBaer WineryBeecher’s Handmade CheeseMisha BersonBest Western Inn at HorseHeavenBest Western PlusBloomer EstatesCharlie Burdell and RyanDurkanBurgermasterThe Burke Museum of NaturalHistory and CultureDavid and Debra CabeCaesars EntertainmentCafe JavastiCaffe Vita and Via TribunaliCameron CateringCanlis RestaurantCappy’s Boxing GymCarol Cabe & Steve MatayaCedar GroveMegan ChanceChateau Ste. MichelleCollege Inn PubLaura Collins & Greg DoergeThe Comedy UndergroundThe Cookie CounterCopperworks DistillingCompanyCoyle’s BakeshopCounterbalance BrewingCulinary CollectiveMary & Bruce DavisGabrielle DavosDiamond Knot BrewingDick’s Drive-In Restaurants,Inc.Domaine PouillonCelia DonohueDreamclinicDunham CellarsAndy DuttonEMP MuseumEssential Baking CompanyEyes on FremontThe Fairmont Olympic HotelFinnriver Farm & CideryFloating Bridge BrewingFlying Dreams WineryForrest-Pruzan CreativeGardening with CiscoeGeorgetown Brewing CompanySiobhan GinnaneGuardian CellarsDino HaakJohn HarmelingMary HassettHeavy Restaurant GroupThe HerbfarmHenry Art GalleryHolland AmericaIrene HolroydHoodsport WineryKrista HopperHorse Heaven SaloonHotel NexusKeil HumphreyJohn HushagenHuxley Wallace CollectiveImagine Children’s MuseumThe Inn at Horse HeavenInternational Ballet TheatreIsenhower CellarsJet City ImprovHolly & Jim JohnsonCouncilmember Rob JohnsonJudith Bushnell CeramicsGwynne Junkin & ClivePursehouseKawaii NailsEmily KimKiona Vineyards and WineryTony KlimentKaren Ko & Gary JohnsonKontos CellarsPoorva KordeKathy KrogslundLadywell’s Vitality SpaJane LambKerry Lamb & John AnthesLandmark TheatresLesslie Burwell of City CellarsFine WinesLetterpress DistillingJess & Mary LevineMidge and Richard LevyLiam’sLong Provincial VietnameseRestaurantLoulay Kitchen & BarLunchbox LaboratoryLotte Clark-Mahoney & JohnClark-MahoneyKelly & Marla MaloneMaritime Pacific BrewingCompanyMarx FoodsJustin MarxJean MatayaMcCarthy & Schiering WineMerchants, Inc.Nikki McClureMcMenaminsClare Hodgson MeekerJenny MesserleMolly Moon’s Homemade IceCreamJoy MooneyDarlene & Jared MosesPeter MountfordNaked City Brewery &TaphouseNeighborhood GrillsDeb NelsonNew Roots OrganicsNight Light Nail SalonNordic Heritage MuseumNorth Seattle Veterinary ClinicNovelty Hill – Januik WineryDavid OlleePacific Northwest BalletPaint the TownPairLe PanierThe PantryPeddler BrewingPete PescoBrandon PetitBeth PflugPopuluxe BrewingPure Barre Seattle & EastsideRavenna Brewing CompanyRedhook BreweryResidence Inn By MarriottSeattle University DistrictLinda RethkeRide BicyclesRide the DucksKristine RogersRotie CellarsRW HandymanSalty’s Seafood GrillsSand Point Country ClubSaviah CellarsSchultzy’s SausageSeattle Arts & LecturesSeattle Boxing GymSeattle Repertory TheatreSeattle SeahawksSeattle Sounders FCSeattle University AthleticsSeattle7Writers.orgSean Sessions & CoireKittilsonSeven Hills WineryCoral ShafferSheraton Seattle HotelShiga’s ImportsSIFFSilver Cloud Inns & HotelsSilverwood Theme ParkRandy SilveyAmy SimardSimply DessertsSkinCare by KatePaula Skarr PhotographySlate Coffee RoastersMary Pat & Bryan SmithSouthwest AirlinesSparkman CellarsJeffrey Staples & ElizabethTutmarcStoneway HardwareSun Liquor Mfg.Sun Mountain LodgeStephen SuscoSwansons NurseryThe Sweet SideSyncline WineryTaproot TheatreTavolata and Lagana FoodsTaylor ShellfishTeatro ZinZanniTennis Center Sand PointThurston Wolfe WineryTom Douglas RestaurantsTop Pot DoughnutsShirley TownerTrophy CupcakesTropical Flowers & Bouquetsof HawaiiHeather & Devin TurnerTutta Bella NeapolitanPizzeriaUniversity Book StoreThe UniversityBusiness CenterUniversity DistrictFood Bank Boardof DirectorsUniversity of WashingtonSchool of DramaUniversity District FarmersMarketUniversity of WashingtonAthletic DepartmentUniversity VillageUwajimaya, Inc.Vacation InternationaleVisual Effects at VirginiaMasonVital Essence AccupunctureWalla Walla VintnersSarah WashburnHenry Wedelstaedt & BuzzMcColloughWedgwood Hair StudioMolly Weizenberg & BrandonPetitWestland DistilleryDan WhalenBetsy and Doug WheelerWhim W’HimWhole Foods MarketWilliam Levine Fine Jewels,L.L.C.Susan Williams & DickConwayWhich WichWillows Lodge & Barking FrogWing Luke Museum of theAsian Pacific AmericanExperienceWoodland Park ZooPaul Yunker

Thanksto ourauctionsponsorsPREMIERWhole FoodsCenter for Spiritual LivingThese vegetables are seen growing on Rooftop Roots, the Food Bank’s new rooftopcontainer garden.Rooftop garden keepingthe Food Bank growing!Five months after moving into ournew home, we are harvesting dozensof pounds of carrots, beets and greensfor the Food Bank’s grocery distribution hours. Rooftop Roots, our2,000sq. ft. rooftop container garden,has been growing slowly but withgusto since its inception with weeklyproduce harvests and consistent vegetable plantings.Through integration with YouthCare, collaboration with numerous Seattle agriculture and socialoutreach organizations, as well ascommitted volunteers from the FoodBank, we have kept ourselves verybusy! Recent endeavors have included a massive soil moving effort, winter preparations and even a fantasticwork party with dozens of local GirlScouts.As we head into winter, RooftopRoots will continue to grow and prepare for next year’s growing season.Kale, cabbage, and spinach will begrown during the fall and winter. Ourimmediate plans are to build a greenhouse structure, solidify our compostsystem, and prepare for some garden-related programs that will premier in the spring (hint: think storytime with the Seattle Public Libraryand cooking classes!).By next summer, we intend to support a consistent flow of fresh produce to the Food Bank with upwardsof 10,000 pounds of veggies grownand distributed. We are excited to diversify our supply, adding to the staple crops we have now and look forward to sharing the onions, broccoli,garlic, beans, herbs, peppers, turnips,strawberries and so much more thatwill be growing atop the Food Bank!If you are interested in volunteering with Rooftop Roots, please [email protected] LawrenceCaffe Vita CoffeeRoasting Co.WSECUKeyBankSUPPORTINGMarx FoodsAnchor QEAAmerigroupPATRONSeattle Children’sUniversity Book StoreTaco TimeVirginia MasonBNBuildersIvar’sPuget Sound Food HubFRIENDGroup HealthSprague Israel GilesInsurance

Foster parent found Food Bankwas there with a helping handThe Langham sisters, annualswag volunteers, show off awreath for a Home Deliverycustomer.Holiday swagevent marks12th yearThe University DistrictFarmers Market in partnership with UniversityHeights hosted the 12thannual U-District Swagevent. Led by former University District Food Bankboard member and currentDepartment of Neighborhoods District Coordinator,Karen Ko, volunteers madeholiday decorations andwreaths for the 110 customers of the Food Bank’sHome Delivery program.There are 1,200 families who visit theFood Bank every week. Each has theirown story. One of our customers, Paulette Simpson, a business managementstudent at North Central College whohas a family of seven, took time out ofher busy schedule to talk about her experiences at the Food Bank.“We first found out about the FoodBank when we were trying to make endsmeet. It was a choice between payingthe bills, getting heat cut off, or gettingfood. After doing further research wefound out about the University DistrictFood Bank, which has been a great helpto our family.”Born and raised in Seattle, Pauletteis the foster parent of four boys. Herdaughter and infant granddaughter livewith Paulette too. “The Food Bank hashelped us keep good meals on the tablefor the children and us. It usually has agreat selection of fruits and vegetables.”There are times in your life when youneed a helping hand. “We’ve been coming to the Food Bank for the last sevenyears. With the big change in the economy the Food Bank has been a greatresource for our family, allowing us tomake ends meet.“I’d like to thank the people that support the Food Bank. If it wasn’t for themit would be huge setback for our family. We know that we are going to haveenough food on the table.”“The Food Bank has helpedus keep good meals on thetable for the children and us.It usually has a great selectionof fruits and vegetables.”– Paulette Simpson,Food Bank CustomerThanksgiving events help the Food BankFROM page 1Rosalie Gronka with her holiday swag.the community is.” Race sponsors andfood drive businesses included CaféLago, Coven Salon, Fuel Coffee, Glamand Tonics AVEDA Salon, Jay’s DryCleaners, Montlake Boulevard Market,Mr. Johnson’s Antiques, Pub Montlake,Timothy Burkart of KHBB Law, andWindermere Realtor Darcy LaBelle.The 4th annual Laurelhurst TurkeyTrot 5K, organized by Brian and Katie Larson, collected over 300 poundsof food and 400 in donations. Nearlytwo hundred runners participated inthe non-entry fee race. The course zigzagged through Laurelhurst includingits hills. Metropolitan Market donatedThanksgiving pies for the race raffle.

Clockwise from below:Dressed to fit this year’shomecoming theme;bidding during the “FundA Need” item; auctioneerShawn Hamilton; biddingin the silent auction.Fund-A-Needhits recordat auctionFROM page 1away in April. He bequeathed aportion of his estate, 19,464, tothe Food Bank.The event will top 215,000once we receive charitabledonation matches. That number includes the Fund-ANeed ( 102,600!), item sales( 68,400), ticket sales ( 26,000),and sponsorship ( 18,000). Thetop selling items included 12-dayHolland America Cruise ( 3,750)and a Rooftop Roots gardenclass for 40 with Ciscoe Morris( 3,450).Please take the time to look atauction item donors and sponsorslisted on the third page. Pleasefrequent their business or thankthem if you can. They along withgenerous attendees are the reasonthe event continues to be a success.

Jess & Mary Levine Midge and Richard Levy Liam’s Long Provincial Vietnamese Restaurant Loulay Kitchen & Bar Lunchbox Laboratory Lotte Clark-Mahoney & John Clark-Mahoney Kelly & Marla Malone Maritime Pacific Brewing Company Marx Foods Justin Marx Jean Mataya McCarthy & Schiering Wine Merchants, Inc. Nikki McClure McMenamins Clare Hodgson .