5 Reasons to GiveBig in 2021

GIVEBIG DAY IS HERE! The gift you make in support of Teen Feed on May 4th/5th, from midnight to midnight, will be MATCHED by the Teen Feed board of Director’s donor pool, maximizing support for youth in need!

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Here are *5 BIG REASONS* to make a GiveBIG gift to Teen Feed and meet the immediate needs of homeless youth in our community:

5. TEEN FEED THRIVES DURING CRISIS
During COVID, municipal facilities and programs closed. We donned PPE, rallied community volunteers and delivered hot meals nightly, and food and supplies via backpack teams into encampments, dispelling misinformation and earning trust, and meeting youth where they are.

“I am so glad you guys are here.” – a youth’s voice

4. YOUTH RELY ON TEEN FEED
Since January 2021, Teen Feed served 14,000¬†meals to 900¬†individual young people. By year end we expect to have served 28,000. Youth trust and rely on Teen Feed’s meal and support services. Teen Feed is the ONLY outreach and case management program designed to meet the unique needs of street youth ages 13-25 in the University District.

“If I didn’t have Teen Feed to come to, I couldn’t eat today.” – a youth’s voice

3. TEEN FEED HAS THE LOWEST BARRIER TO ENTRY
We are unique. Teen Feed is a low barrier program – we do not require an ID to welcome youth into our safe space. Teen Feed provides basic needs items like clothing, socks, toiletries, and sleeping bags. If youth require we offer tele-health and mental health connections. Over the meal our roving health checks and Advocate volunteers build connections and share supportive resources.

“Teen Feed helps me take care of myself.” – a youth’s voice

2. WE OFFER A CARING COMMUNITY FOR YOUTH
Teen Feed works with 800+ volunteers to provide warm homemade meals. We rebuild the trust that is lost through the experience of homelessness. Through volunteer service, stereotypes are challenged, understanding grows, and youth move towards greater stability.

” this program means a lot when you have to deal with everything out there.” –  a youth’s voice

1. YOUR GIFT WILL BE USED WISELY
Teen Feed receives no city, state, or federal funding for its meal programs. Our donors are truly our partners in providing a safety net for youth in need. We deftly navigate the funding landscape with sound business practices, a minimum staff count, and leverage in-kind donations and volunteers while we focus dollars on youth.

and as a BONUS, Your GiveBIG gift will be MATCHED providing more meals, support and connections by our dedicated board of directors. Our board is volunteer, and equally passionate as YOU about our MISSION.

If you have any questions about GiveBIG or need assistance, Janine Kennedy, Teen Feed’s Director of Mission Advancement officer is available to help at 206.409-1202 or janine@teenfeed.org.

THANK YOU for sharing a GiveBIG gift to Teen Feed in support of homeless, at-risk, and food insecure youth and young adults working hard for their futures! www.teenfeed.org