News Blog for Seattle's Wedgwood and View Ridge Neighborhoods


Thanksgiving over, North Helplink food bank in “worst” financial shape, urgently needs donations

November 27th, 2012 by Support Staff

The turkey drive at North Helpline, a food bank that serves north Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge, was a huge success this year. But the food bank and social service center still needs help.

“North Helpline is unfortunately suffering the worst financial condition in its history,”  North Helpline says in its current newsletter.

With the instability of our local and national economy, many of the corporations and foundations who normally provide us with financial assistance have severely cut back on their giving programs. In some cases, foundations who once provided large annual gifts are postponing for two to three years before we can re-apply. This has seriously impacted our fiscal planning.

Last year the food bank saw a 63 percent increase in needy families, while at the same time losing donations. You can help the organization, at 13000 Lake City Way N.E. Learn more at their website.

As for those turkeys?

We are pleased to report our annual Thanksgiving turkey drive at Fred Meyer last Friday through Sunday was a roaring success! We blew our numbers from last year out of the water, with 170 turkeys collected and over 4,000 pounds of food donated. We want to thank our 50+ volunteers who braved the stormy weather for hours on their weekend—they were the key to our success.

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North food bank needs Thanksgiving turkeys, cash

November 14th, 2012 by Support Staff

Here’s a seasonal plea: “We need your turkeys!”

Last Thanksgiving North Helpline, the food bank that serves northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge, served over 6,500 needy neighbors in the weeks leading up to Turkey Day.

They were helped by the Lake City Fred Meyer, which hosted a Turkey Drive last year and will do so again this weekend. They are across the street from the food bank, whose address is 13000 Lake City Way N.E.

This year’s drive is this weekend.

Be sure to take advantage of our collaboration with Lake City Fred Meyer for a “fill the truck” turkey drive on Friday November 16, Saturday November 17, and Sunday November 18th.

Drive hours are are Friday 12 noon to 5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11a.m. to 4.m. Get a coupon from a food bank volunteer at Fred Meyer and get a free turkey if you purchase $150 worth of goods, or a reduced price on a turkey if you purchase $100 worth or $50.

You can also drop donated turkeys off at the food bank Tuesday – Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

We also need funds! With our local economy struggling, donations of all kinds have been extremely low. Your contribution can make a huge difference for those in need. Donations can be made via our website.

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Recycle your electronics today to benefit North Helpline

April 14th, 2012 by Support Staff

Today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is North Helpline’s spring electronics recycling event, benefiting non-profits like the food bank that serves northeast Seattle, including Maple Leaf, Wedgwood and View Ridge.

Anything metal, or with a plug (electronics and appliances) can be recycled, and there will be a van on site for secure and safe document shredding. We will even have limited curbside pickup available with prior arrangement for a nominal fee.

The event is free, although donations are accepted. It’s being held at Lake City Christian Church, 1933 N.E. 125th St.

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Federal cuts will hurt North Helpline foodbank

August 4th, 2011 by Support Staff

Our news partners at The Seattle Times have a story that begins: “The sudden, unexpected loss of $1.2 million in federal emergency food and housing money will be felt by King County’s most desperate, say local agencies.”

That loss will be felt at North Helpline, whose food bank serves northeast Seattle including Maple Leaf and Wedgwood (see post below). Its food bank is supported by Food Lifeline, a nonprofit that provides food to 26 food banks and 33 meal programs in Seattle but will forgo buying more than $235,000 worth of food this year because of the funding cut,  according to the Seattle Times story.

“This will have a huge impact,” emails Amy Besunder at North Helpline. “Food Lifeline is one of our major sources of food.  We will certainly see significantly less food as a result of this.  When you consider our increases in clients, this is a recipe for disaster.”

Want to help? Learn more about North Helpline here.

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Update on North Helpline food bank – which will be at the outdoor movies Thursday

July 31st, 2011 by Support Staff

The North Helpline food bank raised $126 and received 66 pounds of food at the Maple Leaf Summer Social last week.

It will have a table Thursday evening at Magnuson Park’s outdoor movie (this time it’s Top Gun). Seating’s at 7 p.m., movie starts at dusk.

The food bank, which serves northeast Seattle including Maple Leaf and Wedgwood, is struggling to meet vastly increased needs with decreased donations.

North Helpline will be onsite at the Seattle Outdoor Movies at Magnuson Park next Thursday, August 4th, collecting food and meeting and greeting our neighbors. Look for our booth and bring a can or two of nonperishable food along if you can!

Admission is $5.00. There will be trivia, interactive games and prizes. North Helpline will also be raffling off a $50.00 gift certificate to COA Mexican Eatery & Tequileria in Maple Leaf. For every two cans of food a person brings, they will receive a raffle ticket. No limit on the tickets so bring all the cans you can! The drawing will be held Friday, August 5th and the winner will be notified by phone.

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Food bank gets a week’s donations – needs more

June 21st, 2011 by Support Staff

Last week, for the first time its director can remember, the North Helpline food bank ran out of canned meat, peanut butter and other sources of protein.

After a public plea, the food bank brought in enough donations to last – well, at least through the week.

“We did collect 32 pounds of protein at Cloud City and individual donors have brought in approximately 200 pounds. I think we got another 45 pounds at Wedgwood Ale House,” said Amy Besunder, executive director.

“It is still slow going … I think we have enough for this week’s distribution.”

In her first plea Besunder wrote: “We are very low on sources of protein and could use donations of canned tuna, chicken, corned beef, chili & peanut butter or frozen packages of meat.”

You can donate at the North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., or at barrels at these businesses:

  • Walgreens Drug Store,14352 Lake City Way N.E.

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Wedgwood winery tastings this weekend

June 17th, 2011 by Support Staff

Wedgwood’s own winery, Lobo Hills, posts the news on our Facebook page that they will be open for tastings this weekend – and to collect food for the University District Food bank.

Just a reminder, Wedgwood’s winery is open for our first tasting of 2011 this Saturday and Sunday, June 18-19. Each wine, including our new releases, will be paired to a light cheese or appetizer. The $5 tasting fee is reimbursed with wine purchase. Bring can food for a local food bank and receive a dollar off the tasting fee. We are open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day. See for more details.

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North Helpline food bank in need

June 15th, 2011 by Support Staff

We’ve written before about North Helpline, a food bank that serves our area.

This afternoon Amy, the executive director there, emails:

We just learned a major source of our food supply, the letter carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive, collected 23% less food than last year. And yet the demand at our food bank is up 30% over last year. We are very low on sources of protein and could use donations of canned tuna, chicken, corned beef, chili & peanut butter or frozen packages of meat. For the first time I can remember since starting here two years ago, we had to open the food bank (without) any offerings of protein for our clients.

You can donate at the North Helpline, 12736 33rd Ave. N.E., or at barrels at these businesses:

  • Michael Homchick Stoneworks, Inc.
  • Walgreens Drug Store,14352 Lake City Way N.E.

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Local businesses help make food drive big success

August 25th, 2010 by hillaryu

The North Helpline food bank’s “Round Up Hunger” campaign earlier this month, is over, and a big success.

Thirty-eight organizations, businesses, and community groups had signed up to participate by decorating a barrel and filling it with a total of more than 4,000 pounds of food for the food bank, which has seen demand grow by 37 percent this year.

Businesses or organizations with barrels in Wedgwood included All That Dance and the Wedgwood Alehouse.

The food bank serves Northeast Seattle.

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