Northshore Community Kitchen
The Northshore Community Kitchen is a partnership between the Northshore Council PTSA and the Northshore YMCA, seeking to alleviate student hunger. Launched in April 2012, approximately 100 meals are distributed to families weekly.
The food is prepared and packed by volunteers every week at the Y at the Carol Edwards Center’s (CEC) kitchen, in Woodinville. Meals typically include a meat or vegetarian option, fresh fruit and vegetables, yogurt, salad, and trail mix.
In addition, “sack meals” are prepared and distributed to 115 junior high students who attend the Y’s Hang Time program at Northshore, Skyview, and Kenmore Jr. Highs. More than 2,140 sack meals were served last school-year.
Supporters of the community kitchen include the Northshore School District, Hopelink (Northshore/Kirkland), Village Wines (Woodinville), and Trader Joe’s (Everett). In addition, food drives organized by PTSAs and community businesses are pivotal contributors.
The mission of Totes-To-Go is to provide students and their families, with additional food items to stabilize their food supply. Since July 2012, more than 565 totes have been distributed by the Northshore YMCA.
The nonperishable food items are stored and packed at the Y at the CEC, and include ready to serve meals, canned vegetables, fruit, canned tuna, breakfast items, snacks, juice and milk.
Volunteers come weekly to the CEC and pack the food items into temporary storage bags. These bags are delivered to schools where the food is transferred to backpacks which go home with students every Friday
In 2014, we launched our “Fuel Pack” program to Inglemoor High School and Cascadia Community College. These packs provide individual servings to older students so that they are able to eat lunch with their peers, or have it later in the day. This addresses the negative stigma associated with being hungry for teens and young adults.
Summer Lunch Program
The Summer Lunch Program is a USDA nutrition assistance program that provides free lunch to anyone 18 years and younger during the summer break from school. The Northshore YMCA opened and supported three summer meal sites in 2012. Two of these meal sites continue each summer and provide lunches five days a week, for eight weeks to anyone within the age bracket.
Summer meal participants receive a free, nutritious meal and engage in activities prepared by YMCA volunteers. The numerical success of the meal sites last year in Kenmore and Bothell resulted in 365 individual kids receiving 2,750 meals during the summer months when school is out of session.