January 13, 2023 Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church

Mission Highlight: Help House Tour

Mission Highlight: Help House Tour

North Whidbey Help House warehouse, image by David Parker

On Wednesday, January 11 at 3 pm, eleven of us met at North Whidbey Help House for a tour of our local food bank. Jean Wieman, the Executive Director, began the tour with information on the area served, guidelines, funding, and statistics. A few highlights: area is Deception Pass to Greenbank, 90% of their operating budget comes from private donations from the community, administration cost is 6%, and the senior population they serve has increased 6% since Covid. The amount of food received is determined by size of family and given twice a month, produce and bread twice a week. They have customers with special dietary needs so when they receive donations that fit these needs they are set aside for the individuals. They have a large walk in freezer, and regular size refrigerators so they are able to accept such donations. They also accept pet foods, hygiene items and home grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Please keep this in mind when you have too much in your garden or grow a row to donate.


They are currently in need of volunteers in the food room Tuesdays from 1:00 to 5:00 and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00. Call 360-675-0681 or email northwhidbeyhelp@yahoo.com if you would like more information, sign up to volunteer or wish to have a tour.


Thanks for your ongoing support of this local mission!

Cheryl Toner

Mission Outreach Team Leader