Northshore Council PTSA & Northshore YMCA
The Northshore Community Kitchen is a partnership between Northshore Council PTSA and Northshore YMCA to help alleviate student hunger in our community. The Community Kitchen was launched in April 2012 and currently prepares and distributes around 80 meals each week, year-round.
We have 4 volunteers working in the kitchen at the Y at the Carol Edwards Center in downtown Woodinville for 2 hours per week (Wednesday mornings from 9.30 - 11.30) preparing meals, and another volunteer distributing the meals from 5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. that same evening to families who’ve enrolled in the program. Although the meals are not identical each week, they normally include a meat or vegetarian sandwich option, an family-sized entrée, fresh fruit, vegetable sticks, trail mix, yogurt and eggs (when available). All information about families is kept in the strictest confidence, although contact information is needed so families can be contacted with any scheduling changes. Contact Sue for family enrollment details.
Also on Wednesday mornings during the school year, we make 30 ‘sack meals’ for students who attend the YMCA’s ‘Hang Time’ program at Kenmore JH. These sacks are picked up from the Y at the CEC by a YMCA staff member and taken to the school on Wednesday afternoons.
Adult Kitchen volunteers must either be PTA/PTSA members, or registered YMCA volunteers. Student volunteers must be junior high or high school students. All volunteers must complete and return the appropriate Volunteer Agreement. Volunteers involved in food preparation on the morning shift must have a current WA Food Worker Card. No Food Worker Card is required for evening volunteers, but they must be aged 18 or over because of privacy/confidentiality issues. Contact Sue or Rodney for details. Note that this is not a drop-in volunteer opportunity. Once paperwork is complete, volunteers sign up for shifts through our on-line sign-up site.
A Kitchen Task Force meets regularly to exchange ideas and share information. Sustaining supporters are Northshore School District, Hope-link (Northshore/ Kirkland), Village Wines (Woodinville), and Farms for Life (Woodinville).
The Kitchen has benefitted from food/pantry item drives organized by local PTAs and businesses, and from financial donations from individuals and PTAs. For a list of the specific food and pantry items we use on a regular basis or to make a financial donation please contact Sue. Donations - one-time or on a regular weekly basis - of fresh fruit and vegetables may be scheduled: contact Sue for details.