of School Year
June 18, 2021
The Brigade's Board of Directors has had its final meeting for the 2020-21 school year!
It has been a blast working with such a fun, creative, amazing group of folks who have a real passion to fight food insecurity for the children and families we serve.
In the midst of the many challenges of the pandemic, the Board has been able to pivot when needed to find solutions to problems as they arise. We are excited that we have been able to expand our outreach to two additional elementary schools in Bremerton during the school year. And between "Take Home" bags and emergency food boxes for families in crisis, there have been a lot of plates spinning for sure!
Thank you Myra Battin for your continued leadership! Myra is full of energy and sets a really high bar for us all to strive for, as we work to make a difference in the lives of children and build a healthier community!
There is no real break for the Brigade and our amazing volunteers, as we kick-off our brand new summer food distribution program on Tuesday, June 29.
And the new 2021-2022 program year starts in mid- September.
But for now, we will all relax with our families and enjoy the crystal blue skies. Happy Summer Bremerton! Thank you for making all of this possible!!!
We All Dig
June 16, 2021
Donald Markwick delivered $2,300 to help the Brigade to feed hungry children.
We are very grateful to Donald for his continued support throughout the years.
Cash donations go a long way to help with food purchases as we stretch to feed families each week.
The pandemic restrictions have halted our community food drives so the Brigade has purchased more food than normal over the 2020-2021 school year!
Donald's gift arrives just in time as the Board starts planning for the new school year as well as our brand new monthly summer food distribution project that kicks off on Tuesday, June 29!
THANK YOU Donald — You Rock!!!
GracePoint Church Give Great Help
To Scarlet Road, Brigade Missions
Check it out: On Sunday morning, Pastor Bob Valles, on behalf of the congregation at GracePoint Church, presented the Bremerton Backpack Brigade and Scarlet Road each with a check for $3,250.
The amazing generosity of the church members will make a huge difference in the work both organizations provide in the community.
Their gift will help feed a lot of hungry children and arrives just in time to help the Brigade kickoff our brand new summer food distribution program that starts on Tuesday, June 29!
We also appreciate the amazing and much needed work that Scarlet Road provides in the community.
Scarlet Road serve victims of sexual exploitation throughout the Kitsap and North Mason area. Their focus it to provide long term assistance for a population of women and children supporting them in the hard transitions they face.
Thank you Pastor Valles and Thank you to the folks at Grace Point Church for your support and help building a stronger community!
June 15, 2021
Ramp Up! Olympic ESD Youth Build
Project Makes Our Loading Easier
June 10, 2021
Oh my goodness folks: The Brigade now has a wonderful new ramp leading to our storage shed!
We are so grateful to the talented team from the Olympic Educational Service District 114 Youth Build program that spent time this week planning and constructing the new ramp! The ramp will be a huge help when we are unloading pallets of heavy canned goods!
Thank you, folks, for all of your hard work. Your efforts today will make a huge difference for the work of the Brigade and the children that we serve!
Kitsap Great Give Funds Will Help
Kick Off Our Summer Food Program
June 9, 2021
That is the word as we close out the 2020-2021 school year for the Brigade.
Abundance of spirit, focus, time, creative solutions and community support for the children and families that we serve. That has been what this year has been about -even in the midst of a challenging pandemic!
Many thanks to Geoff Ball, the new President and CEO of Kitsap Community Foundation, who came to the Brigade's pantry on Tuesday to personally deliver a check for the 2021 Great Give.
He spent some time visiting with Myra to learn more about the work of the Brigade in our community.
The amazing community support from the Great Give will serve as a perfect springboard for the new school year starting next September.
In the meantime, the Brigade's Board recognizes that increased needs for food support exist in our community and in the spirit of abundance we claim, we are happy to announce that over the summer months, the Brigade will be experimenting with food distribution at each school, at least once a month.
We hope to start this new program on Tuesday, June 29th.
The gift of Abundance. You never know where the road will take you!
Volunteers Made This a Great Year, and Now Carry on For Busy Summer
June 8, 2021
As the 2020-2021 school year comes to a close, we are thrilled that we have been able to pivot with the continued challenges of the pandemic.
What a rollercoaster ride it has been for all of us!!! In addition to adding face masks, hand washing and social distance to the routine, our amazing volunteers were able to prepare over 175 "Take Home" bags weekly to help feed families in need during the late winter.
For many families, it was the first time that they had ever needed any type of assistance.
Thankfully, now as the last school bell prepares to ring for this summer break, our numbers of families are returning to more familiar territory — not the summer numbers we are used to but more like a normal winter count!
Thank you Volunteers for making it possible!!!
Because the Brigade's Board recognizes that the increased needs for food support exist in our community, we are happy to announce that over the summer months, the Brigade will be experimenting with food distribution at each school, at least once a month.
We hope to start this new program on Tuesday, June 29th. There will be lots of promotion letting people know it’s happening along with a complete schedule to be published as soon as we figure one out.
Check out the Website and FB for more information as it becomes available!!!
In the meantime: Thank you Volunteers, Thank you Bremerton. Enjoy the summer break!!!
More Than 3,900
Pounds Delivered In
June 8, 2021
Wow — we did it! The annual "End of School" Food boxes (and "Take Home" bags) are packed and out the door zooming to one of the 8 Bremerton elementary schools we serve.
By mid-morning over 3,900 pounds of food left the pantry to feed our families who are struggling with food insecurity!
These boxes are packed full of all kinds of goodness that will hopefully help families as they adjust to the long summer break.
Some of our families have 1-2 children while others have as many as 7 children in a household- that is a lot of hungry tummies to feed!!! Thank you Bremerton for your generous support in helping to make the work of the Brigade possible!
Brigade Cleans Up With Hygiene
Bags from Bremerton Stake of LDS
June 8, 2021
Many thanks to the great folks at the Bremerton Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who prepared and delivered lots of hygiene bags for the pantry.
This unexpected treat arrived just in time to go in our annual "End of School" food boxes that are being distributed to the 8 elementary schools we serve today!
In addition to food nutrition, we recognize how important it is to maintain health and preventing disease, through cleanliness.
These hygiene kits are important tool and will help children build strong teeth, bodies and increase self-confidence! Thank you!
Jan. 29, 2021
The Brigade needs some help!
Our normal distribution sources and food drives are out of commission during this pandemic. But we're still trying to help 175-plus families in need in our community through our weekly "Take Home" bags.
Food insecurity is more pressing for families as the economy is so challenged.
So, please check out the picture, and if you are out shopping and can grab some of these items to donate, please do.
Donations can be dropped off by appointment at the pantry (please call Myra Battin at (360) 471-9588) or at the Kitsap Habitat Store, 3451 Wheaton Way.
Schools are now moving into a hybrid mode but we will continue to aid families in need in conjunction with the Bremerton School District Grab-N-Go meal program.
Thank you, Bremerton, for your help in making this possible!!!