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Food Bank History

February 14th, 2017 marks our 15th anniversary. Gifts from the Heart Food Bank opened on Valentine's Day, 2002. The food bank was started by a small group of people who felt there was a need for a food bank serving Central Whidbey Island. We originally started operating from a small space provided to us at Greenbank Farm. After three years of operation, we knew there was a need and, also, that our community and businesses would continuously support a food bank. In November of 2005, we moved into the old fire hall at 203 North Main, our current location. We store and prepare the food here and also distribute to our Coupeville clients. We also distribute at the Greenbank Progressive Hall at the corner of Bakken and Firehouse Road, behind the Greenbank Store.

Client Demographics

In 2016, over 30% of the clients we served were infants to school-age children; that's a lot of hungry kids going to school every day. Our largest client group are age 19 to 54. Many of these clients are working but don't make a living wage and need the little extra help the food bank provides. Meanwhile, nearly 28% of our clients are age 55 or older. We serve 84% of our clients in Coupeville, and 16% are served in Greenbank.

Where Does Our Food Come From?

Volunteers

We are a completely volunteer-run food bank; we have no paid employees. We have a Board of Directors and 40 volunteers doing various jobs. Some of these jobs include putting away food collected from food drives, bagging food for our clients, distributing food, picking up weekly donations, driving to NW Harvest, and volunteering for special events. Working at the food bank does not require a large time commitment, but it is very fulfilling work.

To become a volunteer, please call 678-8312.

2016 Accomplishments

Thank you for your support!

Green Philosophy

Gifts from the Heart tries to be green in all our dealings. The environment is importatnt to us, especially on this beautiful island. Actions that all our volunteers adhere to include:



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