Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

Whidbey Island Nourishes

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews 395

Nonprofit Issues:

Food

Address:

2382 Soundview Dr Langley WA 98260 USA

Mission:

Target demographics:

provide supplemental nutrition to children and families

Direct beneficiaries per year:

by providing 20,000 meals to the community.

Geographic areas served:

South Whidbey Island

Programs:

take home meals distributed through "Backpacks" or at no-cost vending machines in the community.

2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review
Donate
Invite Reviews Share This Nonprofit

More Info

http?www.whidbeyislandnourishes.org

Filter Reviews by Role

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Reviews for Whidbey Island Nourishes

Rating: 5 stars  

Whidbey Island Nourishes (also known as W.I.N.) Is an outstanding "grassroots" Nonprofit organization. A handful of amazing people gather and organize volunteers from all over the community to raise money and personally prepare meals for hungry children in our community. It is an role model for communities all over our nation to work locally to serve the needs of their own communities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

Whidbey Island Nourishes epitomizes the notion of community. Our community consists of local farmers, teachers, churches, other nonprofits, and a cadre of committed volunteers who come together to provide nourishing food for area children and young people who do not have enough to eat, especially on week-ends when school lunches are not available.. The food that we deliver is in the form of nourishing sack lunches that children take home to supplement week-end meals and snacks that are available in free and convenient vending machines. This organization sprang from the observation that many of our young people were going without and with a sense that this kind of deprivation was not acceptable. This same sensibility sustains the work of a highly effective and committed board of directors and dozens of generous and willing volunteers who deem it a privilege to share the bounty of our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find some way to increase it's funding

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

I make lunches for children each Monday, also on other days as needed. I love the idea that
volunteers make the jams, treats and that gleaners bring in fruit and vegies. Our local stores
donate as well. We supply food to vending machines, so that children do not have to sign
up, families do not have to have their names on list, just come in take the food you need.
Too often signing up, or being on a list is embarrassing for adults as well as children, we only
care that food is there for those in need. We may be a small Island, but we have big hearts
working to fill big needs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more resources for food.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

When I first moved to Whidbey Island I looked for a place where my efforts as a volunteer would be put to good use. Everyone I asked told me I should go to W.I.N. The reason is that W.I.N. has a clear cause and effect. Volunteers can see the results of their work immediately. We make ready to eat foods for kids who are nutrient deprived, for whatever reason. W.I.N. has committed itself to providing local nutritious foods for families who need assistance with the nutritional needs of their children. The great thing about W.I.N., aside from its most amazing and incredible board, leaders, and volunteers, is that it partners with the South Whidbey Schools and other non profits to not only provide these ready to eat foods, but to teach kids how to feed themselves with good food. W.I.N. also assists in teachable moments such as 'A Taste of Washington', which provides kids with local farm produce made in tasty and appealing ways. Kids get to see and taste vegetables and fruits they might never have thought they would like. W.I.N. feeds so many kids every week, and the numbers keep rising. W.I.N. does this and allows the families to maintain their dignity and never makes anyone feel that they are not a contributing member of our community. Another wonderful program W.I.N. has is providing meals via free vending machines to kids who have no cooking facilities. The vending machines are located in places that are easily accessible and the kids can just get what they need. W.I.N. deserves all of the accolades it can get because it is reaching out to those who need food in a respectful and compassionate way. So much is done by W.I.N. I am hard pressed to detail all of it here.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't really know. It's efficient and kind. Working with other W.I.N. volunteers if fun and rewarding.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

This great program feeds homeless and hungry teenagers in our rural area of South Whidbey Island. WIN makes over 1500 healthy nutritious lunches per month at no cost to the kids or their families. WIN has been such a success in it's 6 year life that other communities have come to study the way it works.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find a way to get money to help keep it running.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

WIN has made a tremendous difference in our communities hungry by providing nutritious sandwiches in vending machines at easy access locations, free of charge!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

When I moved to the Whidbey Island 5 years ago I was shocked to discover in a newspaper article we had so many families struggling to put nutritious meals on the table. I have been a WIN volunteer ever since that day. I am involved in many aspects which support WIN, but the one that brings me the greatest joy is working in the kitchen preparing weekend lunches for our school children and their siblings, and the daily food that goes into our no cost vending machines for our older youth in need of food. Over these five years WIN has evolved and become a strong, dependable organization. We're committed to using nutritious food, local food and we make sauces and jams from fruit that is gleaned around the island. All of this is a result of our passionate board members, committed donors, fundraising and dedicated volunteers. "It's a WIN-WIN" is a saying often heard amongst us while we work side by side in the kitchen preparing those lunches. We as a community ALL reap the benefits of seeing to the needs of our children!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand our volunteer base

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

WIN provides highly nutritious, ready-made meals at no cost to food insecure youth on South Whidbey Island. Meals are prepared with love by volunteers using high-quality ingredients, including produce from local farms and fruit gleaned from trees throughout the community. This is a true grassroots organization, and an asset not only to the kids who rely on WIN food to fuel their brains, but also to the volunteers who experience community and fulfillment through the work they do each week in the kitchen.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the volunteer and donor bases!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

Whidbey Island Nourishes (WIN) provides sack lunches containing, sandwiches (peanut butter & jelly, ham and cheese, and turkey and cheese)yogurt, fruit, vegetables, and trail mix for school children, primarily in the elementary grades. Also provides lunches at other locations in the community. All items are either donated, or through donations from the community. There is no charge for this activity. Children are given a request form to fill out at the beginning of the school year. Community volunteers are the key to making the organization work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Greater publicity by enticing school children to participate.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review
Rating: 5 stars  

W.I.N. has an amazing group of volunteers which make nutritious lunches lunches for kids on South Whidbey who are either homeless or food insecure. We have no-cost vending machines so kids can pick out what they will eat - with all choices being healthy. We also have a back pack program designed for families that sign up for meals on any non-school day.
WIN is also working to educate about better nurtrition in the SW Schools.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more volunteers so we could do even more outreach.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
Flag review