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Dutch Bros' Caffeinated Fundraiser
On An Icy Day Really Warms Our Hearts

Jan. 18, 2023

   Many thanks to Dutch Bros Coffee in Port Orchard and Bremerton for holding a huge fundraiser on the iciest day of 2022.

   We are so happy for all the folks who battle the cold and icy roads to purchase their favorite drinks and help fight food insecurity in our community!

   Their $4,000-plus gift has gone a long way to helping us be able to restock our empty food pantry shelves for the new semester.   

   And we were able to say "Yes" to enrolling 14 additional children starting on January 4. Our current enrollment has grown to a total of 384 children each week.

   Thank You Bremerton for your love of delicious drinks and generous support - truly community in action!!!


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Local Groups & Business Came Through Big Time to Help Us Refill Our Pantry

Jan. 13, 2023

   Amazing things happen when you look for them.

   We are humbled and beyond grateful for the gift of abundance that has been shared with the Brigade over the last few weeks.

   When we turned out the lights of the pantry just before Winter Break, our shelves were very empty. We had sent out over 7,500 pounds of food in backpacks, Winter Break Food boxes and several emergency boxes for families in crisis.

   And we knew that our enrollment would jump again to 375-plus children when we resumed last Friday for the beginning of a new semester.

   Fun things happened: School groups like Naval Avenue Elementary collected food for the Brigade during their first Jingle Bell Run. And PTA volunteers from West Hills STEM Academy hosted a food drive at Grocery Outlet in East Bremerton.

   Faith communities like St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, First Christian Church and Tracyton Methodist Church collected special offerings or shared proceeds from special events like the Winter Bazaar to help us be able to restock our shelves.

   Civic groups like the General Federation of Women's Clubs made donations. And folks like the local chapter of International Hash House Harriers (aka HSWTF Hash House Harriers) a running and social club, collected cash and food donations.

   Businesses like Evergreen Home Loans - Silverdale Branch NMLS# 1147547 gave in early December and came back again with an additional gift just as the end of the year came to be.

   And Kitsap Credit Union's Santa delivered a huge surprise to help us be able to say "Yes" when the calls came for new enrollments!

   And Dutch Bros Coffee in Port Orchard and Bremerton held a huge fundraiser on the iciest day of 2022. We are so happy that over 4,000 folks would battle the cold and icy roads to purchase their favorite drinks and help fight food insecurity in our community!

   Thank you, Bremerton, for your generous support! Truly community in action!!!


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Oct. 14, 2022

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Naval Avenue School Does Jingle Bell Jog for Donations to Georgia's House

Jan. 12, 2023

   Check out this fun event during the WInter Break: The folks at Naval Avenue Elementary hosted their first ever Jingle Bell Jog to collect food donations for the Brigade and hats and gloves for Georgia's House, a shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness.

   More than 130 students, staff, and community members earned a jingle bell for each lap they ran. A huge shout out goes to first grade teacher Samantha Johnson for planning the event and making it happen!

   A big Thank You to Santa and everyone who participated!

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West Hills STEM PTA Pulls In Over 820
Pounds of Food at Grocery Outlet Drive


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   Many thanks to the West Hills STEM Academy PTA members and the Brigade volunteers for helping with a food drive last Saturday at Grocery Outlet in East Bremerton!

   And many thanks to Darcee and Jeff, the Grocery Outlet store managers, for agreeing to host a monthly food drive on behalf of the Brigade!

   In just a few hours, this mighty group of adults and children collected more than 820 pounds of food items and over $230 in cash donations.

   In addition to helping with the food drive, our Volunteer shoppers, always on the look out for a great deal, purchased over nine cases of cereal, oatmeal and pancake mixes for the pantry. This will help provide lots of breakfast choices for hungry children on a cold, rainy weekend.

   All of this will go a long way to help us feed the 378 children that need the Brigade's support this Friday!

   Thank you West Hill PTA members and thank you shoppers for helping the Brigade in our fight against food insecurity in our community.


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Jan. 9, 2023

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Backpack Brigade Enters New Year
Serving Record Number of Children

Jan. 8, 2023

   Happy New Year Bremerton!!!

   It is great to be back — lots happened during the long Winter Break.

   There has been snow, ice, a little sun and lots of rain along with fundraisers and food drives to name just a few events. Lots of planning and shopping has been done to help restock our empty pantry shelves and get us ready for the Spring semester. And our enrollment continues growing to new records!

   The school bells rang and suddenly two new families registered for the Brigade program this first week of the new year. They bring 8 children to be added to the mix since our last pack out in mid-December.

   It is really hard for many families to ask for help — especially for food support. We are so thankful for the ongoing, generous support we have received from the community. It allows us to say "Yes" to these families and their children.

   We are committed to serving the elementary school children at Catalyst Public Schools and at Bremerton School District 100-C who are struggling with food insecurity and need the weekend food support that the Brigade can provide.

   Thank you, Bremerton, for helping make that a reality for the 378 children we now serve in the first week of 2023!

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Reach out to the Bremerton
Backpack Brigade

We welcome you to ask questions, provide feedback, connect us with potential partnerships,
or just say hello!

Your Donations
Are Always Welcome

We have donation locations throughout Bremerton, Washington, for convenient drop off of shelf-stable foods.
Thank you, always!

Please Come
Volunteer With Us

We always need help packing and delivering backpacks each week and with our recent expansion our need is greater than ever. And we have fun!

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