"It is a joy to be a part of this
organization, not only because of the great work WIN does in
but the opportunity it has given me to meet and work with a wonderful
group of people."
(Jane Brown Feb 14, 2011 - after Valentine
Dinner 'Heart to Heart' at UBCC)
Island Nourishes is a non profit organization devoted to preparing
nutritious meals for those in need on South Whidbey, focusing on our
young people. Many children in our community receive their main meals at
school. With over 28.5% of the kids in our school district, from K.-12,
needing help with consistent meals, W.I.N. is helping provide meals
for non-school days as well as for those who don't have a facility
in which to cook a meal.
Our goal is to provide nutritious, complete meals
that will keep refrigerated for a few days. Generally the lunch includes
- a meat and cheese sandwich or vegetarian sandwich, trail mix, yogurt,
string cheese, fresh fruit, fresh vegetable sticks including celery,
carrots, snap peas, cherry tomatoes or whatever is seasonally fresh,
and sometimes a pasta or rice salad and a treat. All the food is freshly
prepared and distributed by our wonderful volunteers.
funding is mainly from generous community support. WIN lunches are
not exclusive to school age children although that is the primary
goal. Our desire is to help eliminate hunger in our community.
- The lunches are available at:
- Good Cheer Food Bank at Bayview
on Grimm Rd.
- Good Cheer 2 in Clinton
- Island Coffee House & Books
at the S.W. Commons in Langley.
- And through the Back Pack Program at the schools
We welcome and need volunteers
to help prep in the kitchen. You don't have to be a chef to help
are simple tasks that only require willingness and a heart to help
this fine community. There are many ways in which to volunteer including
preparing lunches, helping with events, distributing information
lunches and many other aspects that help make our program successful.
Many hands make light work
. Come enjoy the gift of giving!
A bit of WIN HISTORY
Shocked to hear over 6o
kids were living in the woods here in our community here on South
Whidbey, Mary Fisher said "We have to make sure they have enough food! Will you help me
cook?". "Of course!". And now, five years later, we
have over 100 volunteers and are making over 1,200 meals a month,
working with schools and other community organizations to make sure
our community's kids are getting enough nutrition.