FOOD (South Whidbey):
Good Cheer Food Bank:
Q: When is the Food Bank open?
A: The Food Bank at Bayview is open six days a week: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays noon to 7 p.m.
Q: How does a person access the Food Bank?
A: Just show up. When a new client comes into Good Cheer Food Bank, they are greeted at the check-in desk and asked for their address and a piece of mail that shows that address as their home. If they do not have a permanent address, they are noted as homeless. The only other information needed is how many people are living in the household and their ages. Good Cheer does not ask for proof of income because Food Lifeline and Northwest Harvest who provide thousands of pounds of free food to us do not allow that to be a part of our determination process. We also would not have access to such private information without spending money on the verification process. That would be money not going to food.
Once all the information is entered in our database, the client is given a certain amount of points to use in the Food Bank. Clients are given a base of 70 points, plus ten extra points for every member of the household up to 50 points for a total maximum of 120 points to use per month. For instance, a family of four would receive 100 points a month to spend on selection of food in the Food Bank.
The food in the Food Bank is assigned a particular amount of points which is determined by nutrition and cost. There are also limits placed on some foods such as chickens, eggs, peanut butter and other commodities so we can be sure to have enough for everyone who comes to the Food Bank. The better the nutritional value, the lower the points on many items which is our way to encourage healthier eating. For example, the fresh organic produce out of our garden will take fewer points to get than a can of processed chili. The hope is to provide enough nutrition for a person to be able to eat all month long.
Address: 2812 Grimm Road Langley, WA 98260
W.I.N. (Whidbey Island Nourishes):
Back Pack Program:
WIN OPERATES A BACK PACK PROGRAM during the school year for any family that signs up to receive lunches on the weekends. Each family can sign up as many children as they have in the home. Lunches are prepared each Thursday for the kids to take home on the bus after school.
The lunches are extra large and include:
- 2 sandwiches
- 2 yogurts
- 2 pieces of fresh fruit
- 2 bags of fresh veggies (may include cherry tomatoes, carrot and celery sticks, snap peas, broccoli)
- 2 servings of string cheese
- trail mix and
- a home baked muffin or bar
We provide these lunches so the kids will have nutritious food for lunch and snacks on the weekends when school is not in session. Families can choose to continue getting these lunches in the summer and pick them up at the Good Cheer Food Bank and The Hub in Langley. We also have bagged lunches at the Food Bank for kids even if the families don’t sign up for a weekly delivery.
ONCE A WEEK, cooking classes were held at the WIN kitchen for the SW Academy Advocacy Class, taught by internationally known Chef Kristine Phillips. Students learned everything from knife skills to making quinoa salads as well as how to create meals using what's available at home or from WIN vending machines. WIN intends to continue classes during the new school year.
Also, a wonderful collaboration with other organizations is brewing to educate and engage kids in the full culture of eating, from garden sourcing to nutritious dining. Stay tuned for more!
WE HAVE AN EXTENSIVE Self-Serve operation with prepared lunches available upon request at the Good Cheer Food Bank.
We have two free self-service vending machines:
Behind Clinton Progressive Hall just up the hill from the ferry
South Whidbey Commons on 2nd Street in Langley
We also provide supplemental food to:
South Whidbey Children's Center in Langley
Family Resource Center at the primary school
And the South Whidbey Academy has a refrigerator stocked so teens can take home food after school for an evening meal.
Address: PO Box 1642 Langley WA 98260
Phone: (360) 221-7787
WIC (Women, Infants, Children):
Address: 5475 Maxwelton Road Langley
Phone: (360) 221-8880
FOOD (Central Whidbey):
Gifts from the Heart Food Bank (Central Whidbey Island Only):
We distribute food on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. except December when it is the first and third Wednesdays.
* We also distribute at the Greenbank Progressive Hall located on the corner of Bakken and Firehouse Road.
* Address: 203 North Main Street Coupeville, WA 98239 (Building shared with the Boys and Girls Club)
WIC (Women, Infants, Children):
Address: 1791 NE 1st Ave Oak Harbor
Phone: (360) 240-5554 ext. 46