Ballard Food Bank’s new home revealed

Back in December, we told you the Ballard Food Bank was moving from 24th Ave. to an undisclosed location in Ballard’s industrial area.  Today, we know exactly where that location will be.  Executive Director Nancy McKinney tells us that starting this summer, the food bank’s new home will be 5130 Leary Ave

The new location has 75% more square footage than the current space, and will feature a demonstration garden and extended hours.  Last year, the Ballard Food Bank served almost 4000 people from Ballard, Magnolia, and Queen Anne.

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david
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david

so what does this mean for that part of ballard…? will we get even more bums or is this a good thing that the location is right there…?

fauxnothing
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fauxnothing

It means that as long as I catch the 18X home from work, not the 18 local, I no longer have to ride home with all the bums stopping at the food bank. The 18X will bypass the new location. Yay!

Ryan
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Ryan

Stay classy, commenters…

Name
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Name

It would have been better if it moved to the area north of Fred Meyer that has been taken over by the vagrants in their scummy RVs…so much more convenient for the bums there, it would be an easy, short stumble for their handout.

Still, at least it has been removed from the residential part of town (where it should never have been).

Of course, if the food bank said they were moving to “an undisclosed location in Ballard’s industrial area” that’s not exactly what I’d call honest. This is hardly Ballard’s “industrial area” – it’s 2 blocks down Leary from the heart of Ballard. Bring more vagrants to market Street!

Ballard Guy
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Ballard Guy

Great news, time to move the food bank and shelters aways from residential areas.

Shane Dillon
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Shane Dillon

So right next to Carter Subaru??

Zipper
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Zipper

People live in very close proximity to this area whether or no it’s called “industrial”. I’m sure the people who live ther feel it’s pretty darn residential. Nice to feel sanctimonious about getting it out of your end of the hood and into someone elses.
But really, what is so wrong about a food bank in a residential neighborhood?
I’m mostly interested in exactly what services they will be providing and what extended hours exactly means….anyone?

john walker
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john walker

vagrants are not the only ones who need the food bank. be thankful you still don’t have to, name.

CripesInBallard
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CripesInBallard

Seventy-five percent more room for freebies, handouts and food to reward the bums who choose not to work, should draw lots more vagrants and drunks to Ballard, whoo hoo!

david
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david

there are two apartment complexes behind this building… not very industrial

Kelly J.
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Kelly J.

Wow, sad to read these comments. Have you seen the line at the Ballard Food Bank lately? Many young families and elderly, clean and in need of some support during these hard economic times. Not to say that ” the bums” don’t deserve some respect from you, too. I do not wish hard times for any of you, but keep in mind that one day it could be you, one of your friends or a member of your family. The fact this program is expanding is great news – we should be celebrating!

gobigblue
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gobigblue

excellent point, kelly…it’s not just the homeless who depend on the food bank…

david…there are homes and apartments across the street from the BNSF railyards in Interbay, does that mean the railyard area isn’t industrial?

ever hear of mixed-use zoning?

seattlejitterbalm
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seattlejitterbalm

Thanks, Kelly J. Families of all kinds, the elderly, and homeless people use the Ballard Food Bank.

The new location is a good one, and it is closer to my home. I’m irritated by aggressive homeless vagrants as much as the next person, but do you want them to go hungry? Compassion, please.

gobigblue
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gobigblue

it’s a good thing all the drunken hipsters and the “bridge & tunnel” crowd that now frequents ballard on weekend nights hasn’t caused any problems or anything…

…we can just continue to blame all of ballard’s problems and crime on the homeless…

gobigblue
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gobigblue

the guy who crashed his car and (luckily) only killed himself and his 2 friends was not homeless

the guy who murdered the gas station attendant on 15th was not homeless

the guy who stabbed the bartender/manager at the matador was not homeless

the guy dealing crack out of his apartment near 65th and 24th was not homeless

but you’re all right, the problems and crime that now plague ballard are mostly because of the homeless…

NameThatTune
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NameThatTune

Woof

revmomo
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revmomo

“Expanded hours,” as I understand it, means that in this new location there may be the opportunity to offer distribution to clients on an evening or a Saturday – which the Food Bank is restricted from doing in the current location. This translates to making the services of the Food Bank more accessible to the working poor and families who can’t come in between 11 and 3 mid-week.
Great new location choice! It’s right in the center of the area BFB serves: Ballard, Magnolia and N. Queen Anne.

Name
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Name

Hey, none of us who are disgusted that Ballard has become a magnet for the bums have any problem with “the homeless.” Honest, decent folks temporarily down on their luck, bless them, they’re welcome. I *used to* give to the food bank to help them. Not any more, and not until this neighborhood comes out of its fantasy. It’s the vagrants, the scumbags, the bums we’re sick of. And we’re sick of every mushy-headed Ballard dim bulb bumvocate always trying to conflate the two. They’re not the same. The creeps who have ruined Ballard are not “the homeless” – they lowlife bums. Period. You say, ” I’m irritated by aggressive homeless vagrants as much as the next person, but do you want them to go hungry?” Yes. I do. You should, too, unless you want more of them. If we stopped happily giving them everything they need to spend all their time in a stupor, they might eventually be motivated to get off their arses and do something other than crap on our sidewalks, hassle passing pedestrians, and assault innocent people at bus shelters. Ballard coddles these creeps, and that’s why they have taken over our public spaces. They know… Read more »

kim
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kim

best news all day and close to the hospital too

Ballard Resident
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Ballard Resident

Some of these comments are down right offensive. This community food bank needs our support now more than ever. The fact that they now have more space to store donations is a good thing. Stay on topic please.

For those of you trolls who have to rant and rave about bums and vagrants, get a life.

Stereotyping anyone based on how they look or whether they are clients of the food bank borders on racism.

I am not denying that there are problems with individuals who are behaving socially inappropriate but to blame all crime or all the perceived problems of an area on them is absurd.

And to label them as bums and scumbags and vagrants is just thinly veiled racism. But opinions are like a******s, everybody has one.

Perhaps the solution is to be found in enforcing the laws they are violating? Or is one condemned because of circumstance or appearance by the self righteous posters on this blog? Grow up. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem.

Ballard Guy
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Ballard Guy

“Not to say that ” the bums” don’t deserve some respect from you”

What, like the drunk hobo who staggered across my lawn this morning? When I asked if I could help him (calling him ‘sir’), he spun around, stumbled into the street and asked for a buck for some ‘food’. When I politely gave him directions towards the food bank, he then gave me the finger, in front of my kids

So, the question is, how much respect should I be giving this gentleman beyond being polite and calling him sir and providing him directions to a place nearby that could help him:

1. A lot of respect
2. A little respect
3. No respect.

“but do you want them to go hungry”

Well the food they do get only seems to help them use their money to buy what they actually want: booze, smokes and dope.

gobigblue
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gobigblue

Name – stop backpedaling and arguing over semantics.

the guy who crashed his car and (luckily) only killed himself and his 2 friends was not homeless, nor was he a “bum” in a drunken stupor

the guy who murdered the gas station attendant on 15th was not homeless, nor was he a “bum” in a drunken stupor

the guy who stabbed the bartender/manager at the matador was not homeless, nor was he a “bum” in a drunken stupor

the guy dealing crack out of his apartment near 65th and 24th was not homeless, nor was he a “bum” in a drunken stupor

you’re, the problems and crime that now plague ballard are mostly because of the bums “taking over our public spaces”

i hear the parade yesterday was overwhelmingly dominated by bums asking for handouts and not by kids on the sidewalks asking for candy…

Name
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Name

What parallel universe did you just arrive from?

You might want to finda dictionary and look up a word you seem to really want to toss about for no apparent reason: Racism.

Where did that come from (other than your own mind)?

While you’ve got that book out, you might also look up “self righteous”. Oh the irony.

Cheers.

Ballard Guy
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Ballard Guy

“them as bums and scumbags and vagrants is just thinly veiled racism.”

Bums are a race? I learn something new everyday reading myballard. BTW, the ones I see on Ballard Commons are nearly 100% white.

“Perhaps the solution is to be found in enforcing the laws they are violating?”

Great, then you’ll claim they’re being persecuted.

Name
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Name

All the creeps I see in Ballard appear to be quite caucasian.

So, because I resent the bums crapping on the sidewalk, that makes me a racist, eh?

Such is the logic of the bum-lovers here.

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