Next Wednesday, April 23rd from 6pm to 9pm, the University District Food Bank will be playing guest bartender for 50 North Restaurant,in an effort to raise a little extra cash.
50 North is located at 5001 25th Ave NE #100 (at Northcut Landing), with free garage parking. It’s a family-friendly restaurant and serves dinner until 9pm on weeknights with the bar closing down at 10pm.
Next Wednesday, 10% of all drink sales will be donated to the Food Bank. Receipts will also give an opportunity to donate extra amounts to the Food Bank on your credit/debit card, and there will be tip jars around the bar collecting also. Finally, 50 North is donating $1 to the University Food Back for every “LIKE” they receive on Facebook today through the event night, so click through and give them a like!
With a ” Give Aloha” theme, this years annual Benefit Auction for the University District Food Bank will be held October 6th from 5:30pm to 10pm at St Demetrios Church in Montlake.
The auction, now in its 17th year, is part of the food bank’s Take a Bite Out of Hunger campaign. A champagne preview is available from 5:30 to 6pm, with the silent auction from 6 to 7 with wine and appetizers. Dinner is served at 7pm, and the live auction begins at 7:30.
Tickets are $70 if you purchase before September 6th ($80 afterwards), and you can buy them online here. You can also purchase Patron tickets for $125, which gives you upgrade wine and other benefits.
Some of the items available to bid on include cello lessons and a stay at a Hawaiian condo, plus a hands-on cooking demo from Tom Douglas.
The food bank distributed 2.3 million pounds of food in 2011 and helped to feed over 55,000 families, with the same needs anticipated this year.
You may remember Whole Foods’ 5% Community Giving Day earlier in the year, benefitting Seattle Public Theater. The giving day is held four times a year, with the next one coming up September 7th.
Shop the Roosevelt Whole Foods on September 7th, and 5% of their net profits for the day will benefit the University District Food Bank.
And don’t forget, the U-district Food Bank is also selling tickets now for the 16th Annual Take a Bite out of Hunger Benefit Auction, held this year on October 1st. Early bird tickets are just $65.
Unless you’ve volunteered or had to use the food bank to pick up, well, food, chances are you don’t realllly know how it works, what’s involved, or even what it looks like on the inside.
Here’s your chance: Friday, April 15th from 6pm to 9pm, the U-District Food Bank is opening their doors for a public Open House. There will be wine and appetizers, and a raffle drawing.
You get a chance to see how the food bank works and where your donation dollars go. Many of us donated in November for the Roosiehood Blog’s parka party on Twitter, so this is our chance to see what our donations did.
More details about the Open House are to come over the next couple weeks, but mark your calendars now. Food Bank donations typically drop after the holiday season so as we head into spring, they need continual donations and awareness.
Want to eat out for a good cause? Dine in at Greenlake Bar & Grill (or other Neighborhood Grills) on Thursday, February 10th between 5pm and 10pm and a minimum of 50% of your bill will be donated to the University District Food Bank.
Eat off the special menu, and 66% of your bill will be donated.
Many of us worked with the Roosiehood blog towards the end of last year to join the “Parka Party” and raise money for the Food Bank. According to Paul Yunker, Development Director, monetary donations can decrease as much as 85% from December to late winter/early spring, and food donations are far off either.
Here’s some stats Yunker provided for 2010, to show what your donations are doing:
- The Food Bank had 54,000 customer visits
- 2.3 Million pounds of food was distributed
Operations like this can’t work without our support. And what better way to support than to frequent a local restaurant and let your own meal go towards the meals of others?