White Center Food Bank
Fauntleroy Church has a long history of involvement with the White Center Food Bank. Members have served on its Board, distributed food to clients, conducted food drives, and provided financial support through the Outreach Ministry.
The Food Bank opened over 30 years ago, to serve White Center citizens who lost their jobs at Boeing in the early 1970s. For most of its history, the Food Bank was a small operation, serving relatively few people out of a small public housing facility. Since 2004, the number of clients has grown substantially, and the Food Bank is now open four days a week, two evenings a month and on the third Saturday of the month. In one year, the number of clients increased by about fifty percent, to about 2000 families a month. In 2008, the White Center Food Bank distributed 900,000 pounds of food worth approximately $1.5 million. All of this work is accomplished with two paid staff members and between 150 and 200 volunteers a month.
A number of Fauntleroy members are regular volunteers at the Food Bank. Evonne Belshaw and Betty Dunbar regularly distribute food to seniors on Thursday mornings. There is another group of about 15 church members who periodically distribute food on the second Wednesday evening of each month. Marilyn Burt is an intake volunteer on the third Saturday. Larry Pierce currently serves as the president of the Board of Directors and coordinates volunteers for the second Wednesday evenings. Larry is available to answer any question about the Food Bank and can be reached at Larry.email@example.com.
Updated: 6/18/09: L. Pierce: B. Ackers