It’s working. Here’s proof.

In just three months, SPiN has grown from 183 meal guests, on 12 days of service, to 527 guests on 26 days of service. This growth would not have been possible without our seven local churches who selflessly volunteer their service.

From Your SPiN Executive Director

SPiN Cafe’s feeding program has grown 250% since switching to sack meal distribution in March. Last month, May 2020, we served an amazing 527 meals at Flintstone Park on Bayshore Drive.

We are delighted to have seven local churches volunteer to make and distribute these vital meals to those in need in our community six days a week, Monday through Saturday. These volunteers donate over 500 hours per month in order to maintain our program. Our guests express their appreciation on a regular basis.

In addition, SPiN has reinstituted laundry services, enjoyed by over 40 guests per month. Our outreach to guests also has provided coordination of clothing and toiletry needs with Garage of Blessings, and we coordinate when needed with Island County Human Services for assistance with our guests’ needs.

We currently anticipate that our sack meal program will continue at least through September and possibly beyond. We appreciate the great commitment from the large number of volunteers who make this a success.

Passersby, and in some instances our guests themselves, donate money at Flintstone Park to keep this program going. It takes a strong and dedicated community to care for our vulnerable neighbors, and we are grateful to the citizens of Oak Harbor and all of Whidbey Island for standing behind our efforts.

Tom Saunders is a member of SPiN Cafe’s Board and serves as the Executive Director.