In addition to regular programs and services that help families and individuals gain and maintain stability, Hopelink offers additional support for school-aged children; including food for kids on summer break, backpacks filled with school supplies for youth going back to school, and holiday toy and gift rooms.
Hopelink also partners with the United Way to provide to provide free tax help during tax season.
End Summer Hunger
Is providing food for your family difficult when school is out? Hopelink manages the End Summer Hunger (ESH) Program during July and August at all of our food banks. If you have school-aged children (6-18 years old) who are entering grades 1-12 and you need help with food, you may qualify for the ESH Program! ESH food is available to households that are registered for one of our five food banks. The program is aimed at increasing the amount of nutritious breakfast and lunch-type foods available to students when school is not in session. It’s also intended to help parents handle the added cost of feeding children while school is out. To use this program, please enroll in one of our food banks. Hopelink food banks may offer the following additional foods during the summer months: peanut butter, jelly, fresh fruits, milk, cereal, mac n’ cheese and snacks.
Call the Hopelink center nearest to where you live for more information.
Hopelink Holiday Gift Rooms
In December, Hopelink provides eligible families with gift cards they can use to shop for gifts on their own. Parents can then use those gift cards to buy books, games, toys or whatever lights up a smile for their children during the holidays.
Kids Need School Supplies
Providing school children with the essential supplies they need to learn can be expensive, but Hopelink is here to help you. Items such as backpacks, pens, paper or other basic school supplies can be obtained, at no cost, through our Kids Need School Supplies Program during August.
Hopelink Partner Programs
Free Tax Help
Hopelink is hosting two tax sites this year at our Bellevue and Shoreline locations in partnership with the United Way of King County. Click here for more details..