May 2020 Meeting - CANCELLED, see info for details
Time & Location
About the Event
COVID-19 UPDATE: We will not have a meeting in May as planned, but we want to continue to give to our community and thought three organizations dealing with hunger, homelessness and seniors would be particularly meaningful. Since you have already vetted three great organizations on the front line serving vulnerable community members in Snohomish County we decided to ask you to consider making a gift to one of them:
- Faith Food Bank and Community Meal
- Homage – Meals on Wheels
- Mercy Watch
Please wite a check made out to one of the non-profits listed here (Faith Food Bank, Homage Senior Services, or Mercy Watch) and mail it to: 100+ Women Who Care About Snohomish County 8825 34th Av NE, Suite L PMB #427 Marysville, 98271
We reached out to the three non-profits and here is an update on their response to Covid 19.
Faith Food Bank and Community Dinner now has drive thru service. Tuesday, we had 119 hungry people for dinner. Last Friday we had 250+ cars for the foodbank which represented food for over 1,100 kids, parents, seniors, and the disabled in our community. It’s been a huge struggle to get food. Stores are not donating as much because they don’t have many leftovers. Every week different people donate cash so we can keep milk, eggs, and yogurt in the fridge. Farmers have donated produce. Last week the community donated filled plastic Easter eggs and we had a bunny pass them out. We really need donations to keep our Food Bank filled with healthy food. Faith Food Bank is providing not only food but hope to our community. Please help if you can. Everyone really appreciates it very much. Stay Healthy.
Homage Senior Services has been greatly affected due to the at-risk population we serve. Our wait list of 800 is growing daily. The number of seniors who are immune compromised, have lost the assistance of caregivers and those who have lost the support of their local senior centers is dramatically affecting the need for them to receive food, supplies, and assistance. It is not unrealistic to anticipate expenses to increase proportionate to the demand. Our website traffic particularly to our “help” pages and our nutrition services has increased 10% over the last week. Homage has seen a huge increase in the demand for Meals on Wheels. In the first two weeks in March alone - we have increased the number of Meals on Wheels we have delivered from 4,800 a week to 6,000 per week. We have incurred costs for staff working overtime trying to conduct intake interviews, training staff for new responsibilities, preparing orders and delivering to additional routes. We are expanding community services to help with the following: • Hot meal and sack lunch delivery to those who were being fed at senior centers • Ability for seniors to pick up between 7-14 frozen meals when they pick up the sack lunches • Outreach and delivery to seniors living in retirement communities who are fearful of going outside, but need food and basics for survival, particularly in buildings with recorded cases of Covid 19. Thank you for whatever assistance you can provide to meet the needs of the seniors and disabled in Snohomish County.
Mercy Watch reports that overall, they are doing well. They have had to change the way they operate and outreach due to the Covid epidemic. Outreach is continuing minus the medical team. Mercy Watch medicine went on temporary hiatus 3/3 due to a lack of appropriate PPE and most of our team being in the high-risk group. In the past month, we have moved our entire medical team to a telemedicine model to keep our clients connected with their medical providers. We would welcome any support 100 Women Who Care could provide.