Reprint of Pantry Packs Facebook Post:
New alliance, same great program
Dear Pantry Packs supporter:
The Pantry Packs program has evolved over the years, moving from a completely grassroots organization at its beginning to being one of Hopelink’s programs with volunteer management for the past three years. Now for the next stage of our growth, we are transitioning to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation (LWSF), a great organization with our same goal of helping students in the Lake Washington School District.
What kind of changes should you expect? Very few!
Pantry Packs will still be run by the Volunteer Lead Team of Marlene Vacknitz, Janice Wilson Vaché and Karyn Matveyenko.
We will continue to store food and host packing events at the Kirkland Hopelink warehouse during the transition, until we find alternate space.
LWSF will serve as our fiscal agent, as Hopelink does now. This means 501c3, accounting and fundraising support.
Any donations you’ve made via the Feed Washington campaign to benefit Pantry Packs will all still be used to purchase bulk food for our packs.
We will still work with our in-school coordinators to identify and serve hungry students.
We will still hold monthly packing events where drivers pick up and then deliver the packs to their schools.
We will still need your help contributing food, funds and time to be successful.
And most importantly, food-insecure students will continue to receive weekend food packs on Fridays during the school year!
Also new: our webpage is at www.lwsf.org/pantrypacks. Follow us on Facebook for updates (our Facebook page name will change, but existing followers will remain fans).
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement for this crucial program for LWSD students!