Community In the Time of COVID-19
The Good Cheer team is grateful, humbled and inspired by the support that has sustained and lifted us during the recent months. Being able to keep the Food Bank open 5 days a week feels as much a gift to us as to our incredible community.
Langley Good Cheer Thrift Store is open every Wednesday and Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m.
Ken’s Korner Good Cheer Two Thrift Store is open every Tuesday and Friday from Noon to 5 p.m.
We will not be taking any donations at the stores at this time. Masks and hand sanitizer are required.
The Good Cheer Donation Center in Bayview is open Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until our storage capacity for that day has been reached. Thank you for understanding.
We suggest arriving early, request that all clothing be in plastic garbage bags and all general items be in non-taped stackable boxes. Please remember that donated items must be in sell-able condition and will be inspected before we can accept. We’re sorry for the inconvenience, but you can expect short delays as our crew processes items.
Masks are required.
See our Donate page for item donation details.
Our Food Bank will continue operating through our Good Cheer Shopping List system, 5 days a week, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Good Cheer’s eBay store is still going strong!
We’ll have new items posted daily and can arrange for either pick up or free local delivery on items over $50.
Good Cheer Staff & Volunteers
Good Cheer Food Bank is here to help people in need in our community…because of your donations!
Wondering how you can help in this national emergency? There are several ways to help both Good Cheer and the local community:
- Make a donation to Good Cheer Food Bank using the links below, or mail a check to: Good Cheer Food Bank / PO Box 144 / Langley, WA 98260
- Donate food at the Bayview Food Bank. The items we are most in need of are: canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon, Spam), cheese & yogurt (dairy and non-dairy versions), gluten free items, canned soups, canned corn, and personal care items. See our Donation page to find out where and how.
- Donate your Goose Grocer rewards points to Good Cheer or Island Senior Resources. When you shop at the Goose, just enter 360-221-0130 for Good Cheer, or 360-321-1600 for Island Senior Resources. If you can’t remember the phone numbers, just ask your friendly check-out person.
- Support local businesses! We are blessed with an incredibly supportive local business community and right now they’re going above and beyond for us. Useless Bay Coffee Company, Portico, Venture Out Nursery, Cozy’s, and Britt’s Pickles are just a few, and they’re all open (in whatever fashion they can be) right now.
- Support our partner organizations. Meals on Wheels, WIN, Readiness to Learn, Whidbey Homeless Coalition, and CADA, along with Good Cheer, are all working together to make sure anyone in need is fed and has a safe place to stay (we do this all the time, but right now the number of people who need help is up significantly).
Good Cheer’s annual Empty Soup Bowl Night, a longstanding community favorite, Fall feel-good event, will be held virtually on Friday, November 20 from 6-7 p.m.
Cara Jung and the members of the Whidbey Clay Center are busily crafting beautiful new bowls which will be available at the Good Cheer Thrift Stores for a minimum $20 donation, beginning in October.
Though our community-minded restaurant partners have always enthusiastically responded to our requests for soup for the Big Night, we don’t want to put any additional burden on them during these tough financial times.
Instead, we’re encouraging the COMMUNITY to show off their culinary expertise by SHARING their favorite soup recipes.
Email your favorite recipe to Carol@goodcheer.org. Send them ASAP so that you’ll be sure to make the top 15!
Recipes with clear instructions and made from the healthiest, locally sourced ingredients will be the first selected. Bonus points if you name the farm! Be sure to share a little about the recipe as well. Photos of the soup or stew are welcome as well.)
We’ll put together a virtual recipe book of the first 15 superlative soup recipes we receive and share it with the Bowl Buyers. (Eventually we’ll put up a link to all the recipes on our website so everyone will get access after the event).
We’ll all convene on Zoom on November 20 at 6 pm to share a Friday soup dinner where we can show off our bowls, talk about the recipes we made and hear from Good Cheer and some of our awesome partners about how we’re responding to our community’s needs during these strange and uncertain times.
Funds raised from this event will support Good Cheer Food Bank’s goal to make sure that no one ever goes hungry on South Whidbey. We hope our community will be as generous as they can when they ‘buy’ their bowls and that many will join us on November 20.
Donations can be made at any time through our website: www.goodcheer.org
Good Cheer stands ready to help our community.
Good Cheer’s innovative Food Bank is at the core of our mission.
We provide healthful food — including fresh locally-grown produce — to an average of 850 families each month. We need your ongoing support.
Our popular Thrift Stores provide affordable “pre-owned” merchandise to shoppers in convenient locations.
Join us for enjoyable bargain hunting among friends. Your purchases are the greatest part of our financial support.
We are very proud of the generous support we receive from our community.
Our history… Good Cheer has been in the business of providing quality food to our clients, and quality merchandise to our thrift store customers, for decades. Read more about our proud history here…
Our today… Good Cheer sees partnerships with our community as keys to our ongoing success. A fine example of that effort has been our work to develop a network of community partners to provide healthful, locally-grown produce for our food bank clients. We’ve been working since 2008 with the South Whidbey School District, and subsequently with Whidbey Island farmers, agriculture apprentices, gleaners, and hundreds of volunteers eager to get their hands dirty for a good cause. As a result, in recent years we’ve been able to provide thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables in our Food Bank each year.
Our Thrift Stores continue to attract eager customers from Whidbey Island, and from far-flung places.
Our volunteers continue to inspire us with their energy.
Our donors — individuals and corporate sponsors – continue their generous support.
Our tomorrow... All of us at Good Cheer look forward to a bright future, continuing our work with our community. Please be a part of it today!
- Fund and manage an accessible Food Bank
- Operate and promote successful Thrift Stores
- Involve the community as volunteers, donors and recipients
- Educate and encourage good nutrition through effective food preparation, gardening, and a variety of classes