OPERATION FULL BELLIES
Operation Full Bellies, founded in 2009, is designed to help fill the bellies of children who receive free lunch at school, over weekends and on school breaks.
Each bag is packed to provide a child with easy to prepare, kid friendly food and snacks. A typical bag includes:
2 hot/cold cereal packets
1 container of tuna/peanut butter
1 can soup/pasta
1 can chili/beans
1 ramen/mac and cheese
1 can vegetables
2 cups of fruit
1 juice/milk pouch
fresh fruit if available
1 loaf of bread per family
Bags are distributed to the child's school, daycare or home every week. We recognize that receiving supplemental food can be a sensitive issue for many people. The food is packed in non descriptive grocery bags and slipped into their backpacks at school or delivered to their home.
Children are selected by referral from their school, daycare, church or other service agency.
As of Autumn 2017 we have 150 children enrolled in Operation Full Bellies in the towns of Sultan, Gold Bar, Index, Baring and Skykomish in the Sky Valley.
To feed these 150 children every week we must collect and/or purchase food for 900 meals and 600 snacks, 3600 meals and 2400 snacks a month or 46,800 meals and 31,200 snacks a year.
The cost of each bag is approximately $8 per child, per week or $416 per year per child.
Full bellies are an essential building block to a child's physical, mental and emotional development. Together we can help to Eradicate Child Hunger.
- Host a Food Collection Drive at your place of business/church/school/civic group.
- Work a Food Drive at a store that we have booked by joining our Volunteer List.
- Request a Collection Bin for placement in your place of business/church/school/civic group.
- Sponsor a child for $32 per month per child.
- Donate non perishable food.
- Make a monthly reoccurring monetary donation.
- Make a one time cash donation.
- Contact us for more information.
OPERATION FOOD RESCUE
Operation Food Rescue was founded on the belief that no child should go hungry in our blessed society. Our country has more than enough food to meet the needs of our hungry. But often that food is not where it needs to be to meet needs.
Through our partnerships with area grocery stores, farmers and other feeding programs we are able to bring 2000 pounds of fresh produce, dairy, meat and breads into our valley every week. This food is often imperfect, close to sell by dates or simply overstock.
Food is sorted for quality and distributed through local churches free of charge to their communities. Food not reaching our quality standards is shared with area farmers for their animals or compost. Our philosophy is People First, Animals Second, Compost Third and Garbage Forth.
This food is distributed by:
Crosswater Community Church (3rd & Birch) in Sultan every Sunday from 2-2:30.
Mountain Valley Chapel (3rd & Lewis) in Gold Bar on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month from 2-2:30.
Open Hands Ministry outside of Index Community Church (6th & Index Ave.) in Index every Monday from 1-1:30.
Open Hands Ministry at Old Gazebo Park on Highway 2 in Gold Bar every Thursday from 1-1:30.
This food is available to anyone in need. No identification, no proof of residency, no proof of need is required.
If you are interested in partnering with us as a donor or as a distribution location please contact us.
- Donate new, overstock, closeout, imperfect food from your business.
- Donate excess produce from your farm, orchard or garden.
- Volunteer to pick up, process or distribute donations. Contact us for more information and open positions.
OPERATION team up
Operation Team Up was created from the belief that we are stronger together. Gathering like minded nonprofits with similar and/or complimentary missions is a natural step for us to better serve our clients.
Each partnership within Operation Team Up is individually designed to benefit both our and their clients. Partnerships range from simply providing referrals to sharing of resources to collectively offering wrap around services to our clients.
An example partnership is with CedarWood Int'l:
- Weekly we move excess resources to where they are most needed.
- We assist each other by sharing volunteers as needed.
- We provide mentor-ship to each other.
- Our Operation Full Bellies program collaborates with their CedarWood Backpack program to reach more children in need of supplemental weekend food.
- CedarWood participates in our annual Back to School Fair, with Mountain Valley Chapel, by providing 250 children in need with new socks and underwear.
By working together we can benefit from each other's strengths, knowledge, experience and resources.