Brigade Welcomes A New Board
Member As New School Year Begins
Sept. 20, 2020
We are so excited to announce that Matthew Ballard, retail director for the Kitsap Habitat Store, has joined the Brigade's board of directors.
Matt has a real passion for service and helping others and was instrumental in our latest move to our new home. We treasure our partnership with the Habitat Store as a retail drop-off spot the last several years.
Thank you, Matt, for joining us in the fight against food insecurity in our community. Welcome aboard!
Kitsap Harvest's Fruit Donation
Provides Fresh Start to 2020-21
Sept. 18, 2020
What an amazing week it has been as the Brigade kick's off a new school year in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Everything is new, yet everything is the same as we link arms with our volunteers, the schools and the community to fight food insecurity for the children and families we serve.
This week started with the donation of fresh fruit from Kitsap Harvest gleaning volunteers, led by Paisley Gallagher!
With so many ripe plums and juicy apples, our kiddos will be munching all weekend on good healthy, local grown, organic fruit!!!
Then our volunteers came to pack up 140 bags of food — a total of 1,960 pounds of food to go home to children in families across our community who need a little extra food support for the weekends. We are so grateful to the school interventionist at each elementary school who came to delivery the bags!
The Bremerton Backpack Brigade is able to send out all this good food to hungry children, EVERY WEEK, only because of the generous support of our fabulous community!
Thank you for making a difference!
Kitsap Business List Volunteers
Bring in 790 lbs from Food Drive
Sept. 9, 2020
Many thanks to Kitsap's Business List for hosting a food drive for the Brigade on Labor Day. We received over 790 pounds of food and $650 in donations!
The Brigade is so incredibly grateful for our generous community that always goes above and beyond to help feed hungry kids. What a difference your efforts make! Thank you!
Kitsap Community Resources,
Americorps Contribute More Than 1,000 lbs From Food Drive
Sept. 9, 2020
Our community is flat out WONDERFUL!!!
Representatives from Kitsap Community Resources and AmeriCorps dropped off over 1,000 pounds of food from their combined, month-long food drive, at the KCR building!
School is just around the corner and the Brigade will put every bit of this good food to use feeding hungry children.
We will start our new program year in mid-September.
Thank you to everyone who donated and thank you to everyone who collected!!
You are making a difference!
Want to Volunteer for the New School
Year? Please Send Your E-mail Address
If we don’t already have it, and you’re willing to volunteer, we need your email address.
It’s the easiest way to communicate! (The Brigade’s email is at the bottom of this message. Just shoot us a quick email and we’ll be cookin!!).
The Bremerton Backpack Brigade is ready to sign up volunteers!! We have masks, we have hand sanitizer and best of all(!) WE HAVE CHOCOLATE!
We need volunteers to work in teams of 5 or 6 (wearing masks and social distancing) to pack paper bags of food on Tuesdays (once a month if we have enough volunteers).
Counselors and interventionists from each elementary school will come pick up those filled bags, every Wednesday, and deliver them to families in need!
It’s about a 3 1/2 hour commitment, once a month, to fight food insecurity affecting our youngest citizens! We’ll start packing again in mid September. Come join in the fun, while making a difference in the lives of hungry children across our community!