Neighbors Feeding Neighbors is a partnership between Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation, Enumclaw Senior Center, Enumclaw School District and dedicated volunteers to help meet the hunger needs of our senior and youth population.
The program is supported through donations and grants.
Each meal costs approximately $5.
When the county said it would be eliminating funding for our local hot meal delivery program Dec. 31, 2012, it did not sit well with the community. Even though the program would continue with frozen meals, the more than 60 members who first met decided a chilly meal could not replace a hot meal delivered with a warm smile, and they stepped into action. Through the senior center kitchen hot meals are produced and delivered three times a week. Each delivery includes a picnic meal for the following day for a total of six meals a week.
The program started small, but continues to grow and is expected to increase as the economy continues to flounder and the population continues to age. According to AARP statistics nearly 9 million Americans 50 years old or older are at risk for hunger each day. Due to the current economic situation, this number has seen a 79 percent increase in eight years. Enumclaw’s elderly community is 14.9 percent of the population. Since its inception in the 1970s, the center has delivered approximately 41,690 meals to homes. In November 2012, Plateau Outreach Ministries (POM) reported 16 percent of its food bank clients were older than 55 years of age.
In general, a backpack program provides a bag of nonperishable food to children who have little or nothing to eat on the weekends. This food may help feed other members of the family as well. These bags are distributed at school to participating children and discreetly inserted in the kids’ backpacks on Fridays.
Donations of individually packaged food are accepted at the Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation’s Office or Southwood Elementary School.
Whether it is a temporary need or long-term, the hot meal delivery program is designed to fill the gap of hunger for senior, disabled or those in need of a hot, nutritious meal. The meals are prepared fresh daily and have even been described as “just like mom’s home cooking!” Meals are delivered Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with an optional boxed lunch for the next day. Meals are created around dietary needs ensuring NFN clients receive a healthy, well-balanced meal based on nutritional needs.
Our home-delivered meal service also serves as a welfare check, giving you and your loved ones the peace of mind knowing that we will be there to make sure a healthy meal is delivered and the clients are cared for.
To start service, or to find out more about the Hot Meal Deliver program, please call our office at 360.802.3206.
Many children are at risk for hunger and many families struggle to provide them the nutrition they need to thrive. As a result, many children are coming to school too distracted by their empty stomachs to focus on doing well in school. A backpack food programs is one way to provide needed food to children who would otherwise not have adequate access to food on weekends. Many of the children we plan to serve get most of their meals at school and have little or nothing to eat on the weekends. A backpack weekend food program requires the cooperation and support of the entire community, including school officials, community organizations, faith-based organizations, parents, and children.
Full Bellies is a FREE hot meal for plateau families in a warm family environment. Meals are prepared and served by various groups in the community.
When: Full Bellies is offered every Thursday except the last Thursday of each month.
Time: Doors open at 5:15PM – Dinner served from 5:30PM-6:30PM
Location: Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1725 Porter St | Enumclaw (NE entrance off Parking lot enter through basement doors)