The local wine community has come together to create the Woodinville Wine Industry Food Pantry in support of tasting room staff, restaurant workers and musicians impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
This temporary food pantry is intended for industry staff in Woodinville, Maltby and Bothell as the virus continues to breed widespread panic across the country. This emergency food bank was created for individuals and families who are ineligible for Hopelink and traditional food assistance resources.
“A food bank is like a bank; sometimes you make a deposit, sometimes you make a withdrawal,” said Carrie Campbell, pantry organizer and co-owner of Woodinville Wine Blog. “There's nothing wrong with getting some help during this difficult time. Pay it forward later on.”
With deep roots in social work, Campbell has a long experience with food banks. She said the pantry is a no shame zone designed to preserve the dignity and privacy of food recipients.
“This is a global problem,” she said. “There is nothing to be ashamed about.”
Chef Anne Marie donated space from her commercial catering building in the Warehouse District to store canned and non-perishable foods for the temporary pantry. A more exact location and specific pantry hours can be found on Facebook.
Campbell said business owners and employees, including local musicians, can take a week’s worth of free items for their family, and if needed, a few more for elderly neighbors.
Donations are being collected at Tinte Cellars and Goose Ridge in the Hollywood District. She said monetary donations will not be accepted, as well as refrigerated, frozen or perishable foods.
Volunteers plan to close the pantry shortly after the coronavirus crisis ends. Any leftover food and pantry supplies will be donated to the Woodinville Storehouse food bank as soon as possible.
Campbell said she learned how to bargain shop for pantry food from Radonna Nelson, founder of Free Little Pantry in Rose Hill, Kirkland. Nelson donated shelving systems and other supplies for the emergency pantry.