OPERATION SACK LUNCH

Rating: 4.71 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing, Human Services

Location: PO Box 4128 Seattle WA 98194 USA

Mission: "To provide dignity, care, and compassion through action, with the example that each person can make a difference. To educate and advocate acceptance and understanding of each other''s differences. To ultimately bring about the realization that we are all a vital part of this world and with extended effort put an end to homelessness, hunger and hatred."
Programs: OPERATION: Sack Lunch is a multi-faceted organization, providing meals, clothing, sleeping bags and blankets to the those on the street, speaking and performing multimedia presentations for local schools, businesses, civic and faith-based groups, hiring employees from it's client base, and serving as an important voice in local government and media.

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was a volunteer at OSL, it was one of the most fulfilling experiences I have had! The staff there are so passionate about what they do and they were so patient and willing to share their experiences with our group. All items used in their dishes are organic and even the cleaning of the produce is with organic cleaning products. The amount of people that are fed and how organized they have this operation is amazing! I would definately volunteer again.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how everything came together and how organized everything was. From the cleaniness of the kitchen to the outside feeding area set up! Everything was set up so quickly and taken down after service.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was a volunteer. Operation Sack lunch is very organized, they prepare hot meals for so many. The need is great and they help hundreds of people every day.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they really care about the people they are helping.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I began my experience with OSL supporting my teenage daughter in her volunteer efforts. Later I became a donor to Operation Sack Lunch. Later still, I was recruited as a board member. I am incrediably impressed with the fine work accomplished by this organization with very limited resources, doing the most basic of functions - feeding those in need. With the needs in our community greater than ever, this organization is very important to the very fabric of our community.

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I find it vrey rewarding to personally contribute my time to an organization run by dedicated people, with a vision, doing improtant work, that accomplish an incredible amouont with limited resources.

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This is an organization that needs a greater donor & volunteer base to consistently perform the work they do into the future.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The high school students I chaperoned were very moved and inspired by this experience. I'm sure they benefited as much, if not more, than those who were served.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to involve my students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

someone close to me recommended that I volunteer with OSL. I began to work with OSL during the summer and part of the fall of this year. the staff are great and genuinely care about the volunteers and those they serve. There were many days that I came even though I was not really up to it. Every time I pressed my way it was worth it and I left uplifted. The people I served were well mannered and grateful for the work I had put in; I loved all the compliments. I was also amazed at the quality foods they have a habit of using I have never seen an non-profit organization responsible for feeding the homeless care so much about quality as well as quantity. I plan to continue working with OSL and would gladly tell others about them with no hesitation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoyed learning techniques, recipes, and meeting new people.I love to cook so what better way to give and meet new people than though the joy of food.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

It is easy for a food bank or meal program to serve junk, old pastries and things with really long shelf lives are easy to donate, easy to prepare. But these foods provide little nutrition for people who are living in difficult to horrible circumstances. One of OSL's guiding principals is that "nutritional excellence is a right we are born to, not a priveledge we earn." OSL walks their talk. They have found many routes to provide good, real food. They have put in place safeguards and precautions so that they can safely serve high quality and fresh foods to persons who have compromised immune systems and fragile lives. It is one step towards health for people who don't have many healthy choices. In providing, advocating, and demanding that their guests are worthy of real food, they raise the bar for everyone. Operation Sack Lunch also runs the Meals Partnership Coalition, a group of meal programs that provide food to shelters, seniors, and other low income recipients. OSL, through this coalition, is able to support, educate and be an advocate for other meal providers in the area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The unwavering kindness and lack of judgement for all people. I have learned so much about humanity, humility, and how to not back down from core beliefs and values.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

OPERATION: Sack Lunch is a leader in the fight against hunger in the greater Seattle area. This organization works diligently and effectively to provide nutritious meals to a community in need, and is a leader in the fight for social justice through nutrition. An example of this work can be seen in their commitment to provide not only nutritiously excellent meals, but also meals that are wholesome, and chemical free. Many people in poverty and homelessness experience compromised auto-immune systems due to environmental conditions, and illnesses. OPERATION: Sack Lunch helps to improve their guest's health by providing safe foods that support healthy auto-immune systems. Every person in our society deserves and is entitled to safe, nutritious, and healthful meals. By providing meals with these critical elements, this organization is taking a stand for social justice through nutrition, and providing access to foods that is safe to eat for thousands of people annually.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their commitment to supporting the emergency meal community as a whole, and by being a leader in providing safe, nutritious, wholesome meals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Always helpful, and committed to ending hunger in our community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of meal programs in King County.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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