who we are
I was a classroom teacher and substitute teacher for many years- 38 to be exact! I saw a great number of students and families pass through my classroom door, both here in Washington and overseas. One day I had a student receive a backpack of food for the weekend and she was SO happy to have this food for her family! I love the fact that I am helping hungry kids and families receive the nutrition they need by being a part of this program!
Before moving to Kitsap County in 2013, I was involved for several years in a food backpack program in the Shoreline, WA School District. That made me very aware of the value of providing nutritious, supplemental weekend meals for needy elementary children - resulting in improvements in their health and in their schoolwork (which is where CKFB4K greatly helps to fill the gap in Central Kitsap as well). I now have 2 granddaughters in the CK School District, and I had previously volunteered in their elementary classes. So, I was delighted to join the Board of CKFB4K - I am honored that I have been a part of this program for over four years. It is a privilege to know and work with the dedicated board members and volunteers of CKFB4K.
My family has been a part of the Central Kitsap School District since my kids were little. I volunteered at my kids’ elementary school and worked there as a recess teacher for a few years. After visiting my oldest daughter in Africa while she was on a mission trip, I realized that there are starving people among us. When I returned, I reached out to the district to see if my husband and I could pay off delinquent school lunch accounts or if there was another way to help and they recommended me to the backpack program! I have been helping with this program for three years and I love knowing that food is going home to families in need over the weekend!
I am a mom to two former CKSD students. Since becoming a part of this program in 2014, I have realized that you never know someone’s story by just looking at them. This program has given me a new look on life. Helping those who are in need while assisting families to receive food on the weekends so their child(ren) are fed is one of the reasons that I joined this program. My favorite part of this program is knowing that children and their family will not go hungry over the weekend and this is all achievable by the hard work of our volunteers and board members.
I have volunteered in four schools in CK over 14 years. I saw first-hand the great need and the wisdom to be fueling the brain for successful learning! When I worked at Silverdale Lutheran Church as the Ministry Coordinator, I invited Eva to set up a blue tub at our church for the congregation to make donations every third Sunday.
I have been helping with the Program since the beginning and have been serving as a Board Member since September 2019. My favorite part about this program is being able to work with other volunteers and board members who are equally passionate to have this program succeed. I am making a very small dent in the effort to feed the students in the community and to remind them that they are cared for and loved.
I have lived in this community since the ‘90’s and have volunteered and helped with many programs and groups for kids (Pee Wees, Girls Basketball, etc.) over the years. My sons are CKSD alumni and my grandsons are currently attending school in CKSD. I am happy to say that I have been a part of the CKFB4K program for the last two years and I believe that it is important to give back to the community and help families in need. I love helping out with packing the bags as well as delivering the packed bags to the schools.
I have a granddaughter who attends school in the Central Kitsap School District. Prior to joining the CKFB4K Board five years ago, I volunteered and served on the Board at the Central Kitsap Food Bank. I feel that giving back to the community is very important. Everyone has something they can do to help others, and at the same time enrich their own lives. I love knowing that I am playing a small part in making a child's life a bit easier.
President & Founder
I created this nonprofit organization which serves Central Kitsap School District after attending a seminar at my work called “Life on the Edge,” organized by Kathy Brorson. The seminar introduced me to the needs within our community (homelessness, abuse, neglect, hunger, etc.). She ended the seminar with this question, “What is one thing that you can do to improve the situation in our community?” I pondered this question for quite a while and it was not until I dreamt about my son being hungry in the middle of the night after not eating his dinner, I realized what I needed to do.
In 2014, after 3 years of planning, CKFB4K was created. We started off delivering just 14 bags of food weekly to 4 schools. We have come a long way since then, and I am so happy to see the good we have done over the years!
Treasurer & School Liaison
When my son was a student at Woodlands Elementary in 1998, I volunteered in his classroom and loved being able to help the students! I knew that helping kids was what I wanted to do, so I chose to join the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) the following year, not knowing truly what the PTA did except fundraising. I knew that I could make a difference, because the PTA was all about “The Kids!” Since joining the PTA, I have helped at many levels- the local school, CK Council, collaborating with CKSD staff, as well as the PTA State level.
In 2013, Eva came to a CK Council Meeting and spoke of a program that would help children who have no access to adequate food over the weekends. Our children are our future, and I knew at that point, that I needed to be a part of this program, so I volunteered and have been a part of this program since the beginning.
My favorite part of this program is having families tell me, “Thank you for what you do, for not only my family but others. Because of the help that you have given us, we no longer need it as we are back on our feet.” Hearing families say this always puts tears in my eyes and warmth in my heart.