When we connect to one another – it has an impact on our opportunity to be healthy and resilient through harder times. We are fortunate we can do that online, via phone or waving, or blowing a horn at 8:20 p.m. (1620).
Washington is under the Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, and many Vashon islanders and groups are working on supporting island households and neighborhoods. Stay up to date at VashonBePrepared.org or Facebook: VashonBePrepared.
One way for island neighbors to stay connected is through VashonBePrepared’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Organizations, or NEROs. The island has more than 250 NEROs. These are informal groups of neighborhood residents, who join together to increase their readiness to manage comfortably and safely in emergencies and other challenging times.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the island’s NERO coordinator is providing weekly information to help the groups stay informed about important developments and resources.
Islanders who have not yet formed a NERO but would like to do so may to contact NERO Coordinator Vicky de Monterey Richoux at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a stressful time and Vashon Youth & Family Services is continuing to serve island individuals and families. VYFS offers counseling on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. In-person, telephone counseling and video chat options are available. Call 206-463-5511.
Get support from Vashon’s DOVE Project. There are resources and advocacy for Vashon survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. More info at vashondoveproject.org or call/text 206-462-0911 or 206-940-6430. Or email DOVE at email@example.com.
Grocery Shopping/Island Restaurants
Please practice social distancing while shopping for your safety and for other customers and especially the hardworking staff at our stores and restaurants. If it is too crowded, please wait outside or in your car until there are fewer shoppers.
Vashon Thriftway is open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. The store offers an hour of shopping for customers over age 60 and those who are immunocompromised from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. every Wednesday.
Thriftway also offers pick-up and delivery services.
· Curbside pick-up is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Place orders by 2 p.m. the previous day.
· Deliveries are on Tuesday and Thursday for a $7 fee.
· Orders, as specific as possible, may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-463-2100. Include name, phone number and address (for deliveries) or car description (for pick-up).
IGA Vashon Market is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and for seniors and other high-risk customers offers morning shopping daily between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m.
IGA has online grocery shopping for pick-up every day and deliveries on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
· Pick up orders: cost is $5 for purchases under $75 $7 for deliveries under $70; deliveries over $70 are free. See V
The Vashon Maury Community Food Bank, located at Sunrise Ridge behind the Neighborcare clinic, provides nutritious food to anyone and offers both delivery and pick-up programs.
Vashon Food Bank
The Vashon Maury Community Food Bank, located at Sunrise Ridge behind the Neighborcare clinic, provides nutritious food to anyone in need and offers both home delivery and pick-up programs.
New COVID-19 pick-up hours: Wednesday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
· Customers fill out an order form to be packed by staff and volunteers.
· Please fill out your order and wait in your car until the groceries are packed.
· For those who arrive on foot, there is outdoor seating where customers can wait at an appropriate distance from one another.
· Staff and volunteers packing bags follow stringent sanitation protocols.
Home delivery for anyone in need
- Home delivery bags are packed from the same shopping list as pick-ups
- Delivery to in town locations happens on Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m.
- Delivery to all other island homes happens on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- For more information about the food bank or to sign up for delivery, call 206-463-6332 or email email@example.com.
School Nutrition Program
The Vashon Island School District offers meals for any district students who need them. Those who are interested should complete the community survey so the district can plan for quantities.
Families can access free breakfast and lunch for students via drop off or pick up:
1. VISD bus drivers will deliver meals to designated pick up locations around Vashon. See the route information and schedule to find the time and location of your nearest pick up.
2. Families may pick up a meal from the kitchen at Vashon High School between 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday – Friday. Please note at this time Washington State asks that students be present for meal pickup. This requirement may change in the future.
The Interfaith Council to Prevent Homelessness (IFCH) is now accepting applications for housing assistance for April rent and utilities costs.
IFCH’s Community Meals program has now changed to a brown-bag grab-n-go process that provides food to anyone at 5:30 p.m. at the Methodist church Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Vashon Senior Center
The Vashon Senior Center delivers lunches on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to seniors who have requested meals. Isolated seniors may sign up by calling the Center at 206-463-5173.
Area Agency on Aging for Seattle and King County coordinates services for older adults, family caregivers, veterans and people with disabilities in King County. Phone: 206-684-0660 or email:
A Facebook page, Vashon COVID-19 Community Helpers, has been set up to match volunteers to folks in need. This group also shares information and resources to islanders navigating the pandemic.
Washington State has compiled a list of resources, from financial assistance to supporting children at home, for individuals and families during the pandemic.