Thursday, April 1, 2010

North Helpline Honored with an Agency Excellence Award

Congratulations to the North Helpline Food Bank! They were honored with a Food Lifeline Agency Excellence Award for Excellence in Collaboration.

North Helpline has been serving the North Seattle community for 20 years. When the organization found out that it's former location was slated for demolition, the agency decided that it was time to rise to the challenge of finding a permanent home for these critical human services that would accommodate the pressing needs of people experiencing poverty for years to come.

They sprung into action, engaging their wide network of volunteers and supporters to raise funds. They talked with government partners at the City of Seattle who suggested that they partner with the Low Income Housing Institute (LIHI), who already had plans for a new Lake City apartment complex that would incorporate commercial space on the first and second levels.

North Helpline purchased 7500 square feet of space at what came to be know as McDermott Place and, on January 19, 2010, they opened their doors. The beautiful new facility boasts an expanded medical clinic, an emergency services program and, of course, a wonderful food bank. They even plan to launch an evening food bank distribution this year to better serve individuals who work during the day. Congratulations North Helpline on your new home and thank you for your tireless efforts to make sure all community members have access to the resources they need to remain healthy and housed.

To find out more about North Helpline and the work they do, find them online at

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