Grace Outreach, May 2020
How Outreach connects with partners during the pandemic – and how you can help
If you are able, here are ways we can come alongside our community right now, when many more people find themselves in need of food, shelter, and basic supplies.
- Our food banks are distributing more food than ever. On your grocery shopping day, consider adding their needs to your list and then dropping off donations on your way home.
- Food banks and other organizations are also in need of financial contributions, which enable them to purchase exactly what they need. You can donate via their websites.
Read on for details about several area partners we are actively supporting, and find out how you can contribute directly, or through Grace. Thank you!
Accepting non-perishable and perishable food donations Monday-Friday, 9 am to noon, 282 Knechtel Way NE, Bainbridge Island.
- Non-dairy milk (soy, almond, coconut, etc.)
- Pull-tab (easy open) canned goods
- Canned soups, meats, vegetables, fruits
- Granola bars and other kid-friendly items for Kids' Pantry Bags
If you arrive close to noon, there may be a line of people waiting to shop. If so, pull to the right of the line and continue to the upper parking lot, then let them know you have a donation.
Accepting non-perishable food donations Monday-Friday, 11 am to 3 pm at their main campus, 19705 Viking Ave NW, Poulsbo.
- Mac & cheese
- Vegetable and meat soups
- Canned meat
- Bottled water
Additional needs: hand sanitizer, toilet paper, paper towels, diapers (sizes 4, 5, 6), gift cards (grocery, gas, meals), emergency supplies (gloves and cleaning supplies), financial donations, new large paper and plastic bags.
Kitsap Immigrant Assistance Center
Based in Bremerton, KIAC serves the needs of immigrants in Kitsap County.
- To support our immigrant neighbors, donate items to local food banks that are specifically for Guatemalan and Mexican families including Maseca, rice, dried beans, oil, salt, sugar, pasta, breakfast cereal, and produce.
- There is also a bin outside at Grace labeled “KIAC.” If you would like to place these specific items in the bin, we will deliver them to the food bank in Bremerton.
- Visit the KIAC website to make a financial contribution.
- Spanish speakers: volunteer to help over the phone, connecting families to resources. The organization will provide training. Please contact KIAC volunteer services for more information.
Chaplains on the Harbor
A ministry of our diocese in Aberdeen, serving the needs of poor and homeless people in Grays Harbor County.
- Nutritional drinks such as Boost, Ensure, or Costco brand nutrition shakes
- Single-serving shelf-stable milk (like these from Costco)
- Single-serving PediaSure (even for adults who can't get food, this is a popular source of street nutrition)
- Single-serving juices (juice boxes and pouches are fine) and drinks like Yoo-hoo
How to donate:
- Order online (Costco is a great option) and have items delivered directly to Chaplains on the Harbor, 52 Arland Rd., Montesano WA 98563.
- Drop off donations at Grace, and Marguerite Thomas will take a road trip to deliver them. Please look for the basket outside marked “Chaplains on the Harbor."
The Salvation Army, Bremerton
The Salvation Army is serving breakfast (8 am), lunch (noon) and dinner (5:30 pm) and sheltering people at night. They are feeding approximately 250 people a day.
They are accepting non-perishable food donations at 832 6th Street, Bremerton. Best drop-off time is 1-3 pm. Park in the main lot, enter through the main doors on the side, and let them know you have a donation.
- Napkins and plastic utensils
- Plastic gloves for food preparation
- Bottled water
- Individual boxed juices
Grace Outreach is also working on plans to make a delivery of collected items.
Thank you for your support!
A prayer from the Corrymeela Community
God of those in plenty,
God of those in want:
this disease that separates us
one from another.
It also exposes an underlying division
that has been there all along:
the difference between the haves
and the have-nots.
May the chasm finally close between
those who will wait this pandemic out
with stockpiles of reserves
and the luxury of rest,
and those who have been waiting too long
for a voice at the table,
a seat at the banquet,
a prayer not filled with pleas.