Thanksgiving at Helpline House: It's Not Just a Day, It's a Season

Helpline provides nutritious food to those islanders who struggle put enough food on the table. During the Thanksgiving holidays, donations from the community are particularly important to ensure adequate supplies and offer holidays foods. Grocery gifts cards are also offered to registered food bank users. Thankfully, Bainbridge Islanders are very generous during this season of giving!



  • Support school or church-sponsored food drives
  • Buy food and drop in the donations bins at T&C or Safeway
  • Buy food and visit the food bank to drop it off to see us in action
  • Donate grocery gift cards
  • Organize a food drive in your group, neighborhood or at your business

How to do a Food Drive

Food Drive for Helpline Poster


Helpline is open to receive donations:

Monday through Friday (10AM - 3PM) and Saturdays November 12 (10AM - 3PM)


BASIC FOODS: Entire month of November

HOLIDAY STAPLES & FROZEN: On or before November 19.

FRESH HOLIDAY FOOD: November 19, 21 & 22 ONLY


Most Needed Items -- Basic: Proteins (cooking beans, chili, tuna/chicken), Breakfast cereals, Canned fruit

Most Needed Items - Holiday: Turkey breasts (frozen), Pumpkin, apple or other pie (frozen commercial only please), Sparkling cider

Most Needed Items - Fresh: Sweet potatoes, Whipped cream, Pumpkin, apple or other pie (frozen commercial only please)

Shopping Lists- Basic, Holiday Staples, Fresh Holiday Foods Shopping Lists

Gift Cards: Grocery store gift cards are used for clients ($35) and for food purchases to supplement community donations (any amount). Other monetary donations are used to purchase food in bulk at an excellent value.

To Apply for Food Assistance

If you are in need of assistance to provide food for your household, please visit Helpline House to register for services. For food assistance, all you need is proof of residency on Bainbridge Island. All information is confidential and no income information is needed to use the food bank.

During the Thanksgiving holiday week, we serve only those pre-registered prior to November 18 at the food bank, and only by appointment. Gift card alternative may be offered but available only to those with current documentation on file prior to November 11.

Thanksgiving shopping is on Monday and Tuesday November 21 and 22 (by appointment). Shoppers choose from a variety of foods as if shopping in a grocery store. Although holiday foods, such as turkeys or pies may be available, as is usual at the food bank no specific food is guaranteed but limited to food on hand.

To Volunteer at the Food Bank

The Helpline Food Bank daily operations are staffed by dedicated and highly trained community volunteers.

For more information contact .

If you would like to join the team, simply go online to complete the volunteer application and we will be in touch shortly.

  • Volunteer Opportunities