Starbucks Celebrates MLK Day with Teen Feed – The Basic Needs January 2017 List

It’s been a cold and challenging winter, and it’s even tougher to start 2017 sleeping outside for our homeless youth. This year Martin Luther King Jr Day marks the kickoff of Starbucks Coffee Office Basic Needs Drive collecting sleeping bags, camp gear, wool items, toiletries and healthy snacks at the Utah Avenue Support Center to benefit Teen Feed.  The monthly Starbucks volunteer meal team also joins us for a deep-clean of our host kitchens in the University District.
As youth make their way off the streets, our community travels with us.  These items fill outreach backpacks, promote self care and keep them warm and dry.  Below are a few items that are running low or that youth have specifically requested. (Thanks Starbucks!)  Want to start your own office drive?  Check out this page.

Basic Needs Items for Youth – REQUESTS FROM THE KIDS

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Food Items that go into our Outreach Team Backpacks
Costco bulk Granola Bars
Nuts and High Protein Snacks
Instant Oatmeal Packets
Hot Cocoa

Camping Gear:
Waterproof tents and tarps
Sleeping Bags
Disposable hand warmers
Backpacks (gently used ok)
Batteries – AA, AAA
Travel-sized sewing kits

Wool Items and Gently Used Clothing:
New Socks – all sizes, wool please (warm when wet)
Gloves, hats, scarves
Hooded sweatshirts (L to XXXL, dark colors)
Warm coats
New underwear/boxers
Bras – all sizes

Travel Sized toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner
Combs and brushes
Full-sized Toothbrushes
Dental Floss
Hand Sanitizer
Tampons & pads
African American hair-care products

(1) Give an item or monetary donation.  Starbucks will match your volunteerism time or double the impact of your dollars by filing for matching
(2) Promote the drive on your social media with co-workers and friends
(3) Feel great about changing lives

Starbucks partners contact Jeff Ronnefeldt at the Starbucks Support Center for questions about the drive or opportunities to volunteer/join the monthly Starbucks Partner Meal Team. (Everyone else: To start an office drive in your own office or community group contact Janine at Teen Feed or check out this page for details and handouts.) Promote volunteerism opportunities for co-workers and friends.