C.H.O.W. (Cutting Hunger On Weekends/Backpack Program)
Over 10,000 kids in Skagit County are on the free and reduced lunch program. Thanks to the amazing support of our donors, we are able to provide food to over 1,200 kids each week in the Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon School Districts.  Additional support for this program is through Helping Hands partnership with Skagit Publishing, allowing these bags to be delivered discretely to students along newspaper routes.

Grocery Rescue
Through our partnership with Food Lifeline, we are able to obtain food six days a week from local grocery stores throughout Skagit County.  Food collected would normally be thrown out into the landfill, but instead is redistributed to families in need. Unusually the only reason it is being disposed of is because it is past the sell-by date, meaning much of this food is still edible.

Job Internships
Helping Hands Solution Center has a variety of roles at our facility – from warehouse to administrative work.  Relationships with companies such as Worksource allow Helping Hands the opportunity to give a variety of individuals the chance to work and build their resume.  Many individuals that have worked through Job Internships at Helping Hands have gone onto fulfilling careers and even onto college pursuing higher education.

Mobile Food
Serving Sedro-Woolley, Helping Hands delivers much needed food to participants that are home-bound and cannot leave their homes.  We hope to expand on this program in the future, delivering food up the Skagit River to many more identified participants in need of food deliveries.

Community Room/Educational Classes
Helping Hands Solution Center wants to empower its participants with skills and tools to build a better life for themselves.  While food is a great start, many who walk through Helping Hands doors need more than nourishment. When the new building was being designed, we wanted to keep it about Community and build our community classroom to host educational and other various classes.
From nutrition seminars and computer skill classes, to boy scout meetings and NA – Helping Hands couldn’t serve the ten of thousands of people it sees each year without the generous support Skagit Valley gives it. The community room is a way of giving back to every person.

Navigation Center
Helping Hands Solution Center has a DSHS trained person on staff, who can sit down with any participant in need of additional services and get them started as quickly as possible on the process.  Our staff member is also trained to set up individuals out in the field as well, helping those we encounter via Mobile Food.

Project Open Table Skagit
Project Open Table Skagit is a collaboration between Helping Hands Food Bank and Leadership Skagit’s Team Open Table (TOT).  TOT is building four, free standing, “Little Free Pantries” to serve as an extension of the HHFB services to address food insecurity.  This project will help to alleviate the inability of some community members to visit a food panty during normal business hours and reach those who are reluctant to ask for help. These pantries will be regularly stocked with non-perishable, ready-to-eat food and open 24/7 to the community. 

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