KEY PENINSULA RESOURCES

Bischoff Food Bank

Open regular hours: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday 2 to 8 p.m. and Saturday 2 to 5 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday.

At their discretion, food bank volunteers may admit only one or two clients at a time.

http://www.kpbischofffoodbank.org/home.html

The Children’s Home Society of Washington Key Peninsula Family Resource Center

Office at civic center is closed to the public but open for casework. We are still scheduling appointments for services by email at pierce@nullchs-wa.org and phone at 253-884-5433. We are in the process of continuing our group programs, just virtually.

KP Civic Center, 17010 South Vaughn Road NW, or www.childrenshomesociety.org.

Food Backpacks 4 Kids

From Facebook post dated March 12:

Food Backpacks 4 Kids Will Keep Food Flowing to Children and Families During School Closure!

All families who receive a food backpack can continue to receive food in our new Weekly “Drive by” Food Pick Up Program. Contact FB4K and RSVP before pick-up.

We will have food available for Saturday drive-by pick up each week at three locations:
. Henderson Bay High School parking lot
. Gateway Park parking lot
. Evergreen Elementary parking lot

In addition, ANY family in the Peninsula School District with school-aged children in need of food should send an email to info@nullfoodbackpacks4kids.org — just let us know which pickup location is most convenient for you, your name and the number of children.

Food will be available for pickup on Saturday, March 21 at noon and every Saturday thereafter after until school is back in session.

Families without transportation should also email us — we want every student in the district to not have any issues with food insecurity.

You can also drop food donations on Saturdays between noon and  1 p.m. at Henderson Bay High School, Gateway Park or Evergreen Elementary. Donations can also be dropped off at our donation shed behind the Gig Harbor fire station at 6711 Kimball Drive NW every day between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

https://www.facebook.com/foodbackpacks4kids/

Gig Harbor Peninsula FISH Food Bank

GHP FISH Food Bank has food available for anyone who needs help during this COVID-19 crisis. No lines or shortages as being reported elsewhere on the news.

  • No appointment needed
  • Safe, socially-distanced delivery to your car or home
  • Pre-packed bags of staples and household items, plus fresh meats, milk, baked goods, fruits and vegetables, personal care items and food for pets as requested
  • Normal visit limits for existing clients are currently waived

If COVID-19 is impacting your ability to pay your rent, utilities or other urgent bills, you may be eligible for COVID-19 emergency financial aid from GHP FISH’s financial aid program.  Call 253-851-8800 during open hours.

Located at:  4425 Burnham Dr.,
Gig Harbor 98332   (in the Eagles’ building)

Open:  Mon. & Fri., 9:30 – 3:30
Wed, & Thurs., 9:30 – 6
(closed Tue, weekends & legal holidays)

Phone: 253-858-6179
Financial Aid: 253-851-8800
Website: www.ghpfish.org

Key Peninsula Civic Center

Closed for all public and private events. Regularly scheduled events will resume when Peninsula School District reopens. https://www.kpciviccenter.org,

Postponed events include: Comedy Night (April 4) and Livable Community Fair (May 9). New dates to be determined.

Key Peninsula Community Council

Office will be closed until at least the end of March. 253-432-4948, or www.kpcouncil.org
Key Peninsula Community Services

Starting April 23rd, Key Peninsula Community Services will have a wifi-enabled computer available for community use on the main deck from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be a tent for cover and a person (6ft away) to help if needed.

KPCS will also have a “free item” table in the parking lot on Fridays.  If you have usable items to share, please add.  If you are in need, please take.

All people visiting the organization must wear a mask during their visit and maintain 6 ft of separation from others.

Starting May 5, bagged lunches will be offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Until then the senior lunch program will continue and lunches are available for pickup on a drive-through basis with one day advance notice by calling the KPCS office. Door-to-door delivery is being provided by The Mustard Seed Project for seniors unable to pick up drive-through lunches.

All senior events and activities suspended through April. THE FOOD BANK REMAINS OPEN 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; open until 5 p.m. Wednesday. Closed for lunch.

No food donations at this time, monetary donations are always welcome.

KPCS is streaming tai chi and exercise classes with their regular instructors on YouTube, and will provide recorded DVDs if necessary.

Dental van visits are postponed.

https://www.keypeninsulacommunityservices.org. 253-884-4440

Key Peninsula Fire Department

The Key Center Station is open; all others remain closed to the public. Call 253-884-2222 to make an appointment or arrange notary service. https://www.keypeninsulafire.org

Key Pen Parks

Key Pen Parks has turned Volunteer Park into a free Wi-Fi access area. Best access is from the parking lot closest to the buildings at Volunteer Park, 5514 Key Peninsula Highway N. The Wi-Fi (KeyPen Parks Guest) needs no password and is available for public use from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. For latest on park operations, go to https://www.keypenparks.com.

Meals on Wheels

Any senior is eligible to receive meals at home. To sign up call Gay Bitz at 253-474-1300.

Call for volunteer drivers
Catholic Community Services needs more drivers to provide Meals on Wheels for the Gig Harbor and Key Peninsulas. Volunteers deliver frozen meals once a week to help people remain in their homes. Meals are picked up at the Peninsula Lutheran Church in Gig Harbor for delivery every Tuesday. It takes about four hours. To become a volunteer, fill out an  application and background check, verify driver’s license and insurance, get a food handler’s card (online; cost is reimbursed) and go through orientation at Catholic Community Services in Lakewood. Contact Gay Bitz at Gayb@nullccsww.org

The Mustard Seed Project

Updated 6/9/2020

On-site services and mini-bus are suspended until it is safe to resume. Senior information & referral via telephone, essential transportation, meal delivery in partnership with Key Peninsula Community Services, and online classes remain available. For assistance, call 253-884-9814.

Want to help? “Looking for a way to help Key Peninsula seniors during these times? The Mustard Seed Project is currently seeking yard care volunteers and volunteer drivers for essential transportationFor further information or to download the volunteer application, click here (http://themustardseedproject.org/get-involved-2/get-involved/). To become a yard care volunteer, contact Heather Anthony (Program Manager) via email (programs@themustardseedproject.org) or call 253-884-9814. To become a volunteer driver, contact Mary Morris (Transportation Manager) via email (transportation@themustardseedproject.org) or call 253-884-2216.  Submit completed applications via email or mail to: The Mustard Seed Project, PO Box 182, Vaughn, WA 98394.”

http://themustardseedproject.org

 

New as of May 15
Nourish PC Food Truck

Every Friday starting May 15 Nourish PC will have a food truck which stops on the KP and serves anyone in need.  The truck will be at:

  • Lake Kathryn Village from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 12521 134th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm

For more information see: https://nourishpc.org/

Peninsula Light Company

Business office and drive-through window closed to the public. Not accepting water samples at this time. 253-857-5950, www.penlight.org

Update, April 3:

PenLight has temporarily suspended customer disconnects and may waive late-fees for at least the next month. PenLight will continue to offer assistance programs including payment arrangements and qualifying discounts. Anyone facing hardship should contact them.

PenLight has also temporarily adjusted its Project Help program, extending it through May, increasing funding and adjusting application criteria to allow those in need to receive additional funds even if they have already received a bill credit through Project Help.

Individuals can also apply for assistance if they’ve recently been laid off.

You can help!

“For those members that are in the position to help their neighbors, we encourage donating to the Project Help program,” PenLight said in a statement. For a limited time, the Board asked PenLight to double each donation given. No administrative costs are included, and all contributions are tax-deductible.

Contact Member Services Department for assistance or additional resources at 253-857-5950.

Peninsula School District

Free Meals on Key Peninsula Continue in Summer

Updated June 22, 2020

To help support families during the school closure, PSD has been serving an average of 1,000 meals a day to students 18 and under and will continue to do so throughout the summer. The meal service is free and students do not need to qualify for free or reduced meals and no forms or registration are required.

Because not all students have transportation, meals will be delivered to students along bus routes in elementary school service areas. Bus drivers and food services staff follow required social distancing protocols.

Bus routes for each service area and bus stop times are at www.psd401.net/departments/nutrition-services or call or 253-530-1000.

Lunch and breakfast packs  are available to any child age 18 or under at the following sites for pickup Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.:

—Evergreen Elementary School
—Key Peninsula Middle School
—Purdy Elementary School

Please note, starting July 1 Vaughn Elementary will replace Key Peninsula Middle school as a meal hub.

Meal stations are located near the front of each school to encourage social distancing. Also, parents may now pick up lunches for their children. Pre-ordering is not necessary, but meal orders can be submitted online. Questions can be emailed to info@nullpsd401.net.

Food benefits during school closures

Public school families will soon have food benefits available to them to help buy groceries. Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT, benefits are available to families with children who are eligible for schools’ free or reduced-price meal programs. The Public Charge rule does not apply to P-EBT benefits and will not impact immigration status. Families who are approved by their school district for free or reduced-price meals and who do not currently get Basic Food benefits, must apply online at Washingtonconnection.org for P-EBT before August 31. Go to P-EBT benefits or call the DSHS Customer Service Contact Center at 877-501-2233 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (except observed holidays).

Pierce County Library
Closed; all events cancelled through April. https://www.piercecountylibrary.org
Red Barn Youth Center

Closed through April. https://www.redbarnkp.org. 253-884-1594

 

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