backpacks of hope

BACKPACKS OF HOPE provides weekend meals for children and their families every week of the school year. (approximately 40 weeks of the year). We believe in feeding both the children and their parents. In the 2015-16 school year we served 100 families weekly from local schools in the Everett, Snohomish and Edmonds School District. We hope to add an additional 50 families for the 2016-17 school year.

Backpacks are filled on Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings. If you want to get involved in packing , leading a food drive at a local grocery store, or donating to this program, complete the volunteer form. There is a Food Bin in the lobby of Gold Creek Church where you can drop off donations Monday-Friday between 8:30 AM-4:00 PM.


We have partnered with Bethany Nursing Home at Silver Lake to provide a special program or activity each month. Activities include children and parents and include events such as decorating pumpkins with the patients,  Veteran’s day programs, a resident fashion show, Christmas caroling and more.


Come garden with us! We understand that eating a healthy diet is important and not always possible when on a budget. Our Community Care Garden provides fresh vegetables for those in need in our community, 60% of our harvest is donated to the Mill Creek Community Food Bank, 20% to Tailgate dinners (which feed the homeless in downtown Everett) , and the remaining 20% is given to families and volunteers in our own community. Last year we were able to donate 750lbs of fresh produce to our local families!

Work parties are each Saturday from April-September starting at 9:00 AM. Stop in and garden and learn with us.


Many local dentists will be opening up their offices for the day as well as two dental vans on site at Gold Creek Church from Medical Teams International.  The event is open to all adults! Urgent care provided for those with little or no dental insurance.  Simply show up the morning of the event.  No pre-appointments.

We’ll also be having free health tests, audiology tests and podiatry care.

Free breakfast and lunch are also provided.

This event is sponsored by Hope Creek Charitable Foundation.  For specific questions about the event call 425-220-7043 or visit our website at

Next Dental Day: September 30, 2017


May 20th from 9am to 2pm and May 21st from 11am to 3pm are this year’s Day(s) of Hope. More than 2000 volunteers will participate throughout Snohomish County completing big and small projects in their communities. County parks, local Elementary and High schools, Cocoon House, McCollum Pool, Trinity Home, Interfaith Home, family residences and senior citizen’s homes are among some of the projects that will be populated by a “sea” of volunteers. Also, oil changes, haircuts, car washes, manicures and a health clinic will be provided free of charge in various locations.

Click here to submit a project or volunteer for Day of Hope


Mill Creek Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide assistance for our neighbors in need. We are a non-profit, community supported food bank operated exclusively by volunteers. We serve people living in the 98012 area code, as well as our nearby neighbors living just outside the Mill Creek city limits.

Please provide a photo ID along with a recent piece of mail to show you live within our service area.

Hours: Every Thursday from 4-7pm

Co-Directors:Linda Pazevic and Leslylee A. Kelledes


Phone: 425-876-7158

Location: Behind Gold Creek Community Church 4326 148th St. SE. Mill Creek WA 98012

Donations are always welcome! Currently the Food Bank is in the biggest need of:

Peanut Butter, Chili/baked beans, Canned Meats, Progresso/Campbell’s Home-style soups, Baking Mixes, Sugar, Flour, Oil, Salad Dressings, Oatmeal, Cereal, Pancake Mix, Syrup, Cup of noodles/Ramen , Boxed Potatoes, Stuffing, Boxed Pasta Sides/Rice, Canned Pineapple, Fruit Juices

Personal items:
Toilet Paper, Shampoo/conditioner, bar soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes diapers, baby wipes.

Donation drop off location are at:

• Mill Creek City Hall
• YMCA – Mill Creek
• Albertson’s – Mill Creek
• Gold Creek Community Church (mark specifically for Mill Creek Community Food Bank)


Hope Creek Charitable Foundation has partnered with Medical Teams International to provide free urgent and preventative care to low income patients. This program is for those who lack dental insurance or any realistic way to pay for dental treatment. Mobile dental vans go out quarterly to our communities.  Remaining dates in 2017 are August 20 and October 15.


Each week, Hope Creek Charitable Foundation picks up approximately 20 pounds of fresh baked goods from Panera Bread in Bothell, Washington and delivers it to the Everett Gospel Mission and Everett Women’s Shelter. We hope to add another day of pick-up this fall so that we can expand this program.


Pick up is on Tuesday evenings at store closing time. Would you be willing to pick up leftover bread and pastries one Tuesday evening a month?

TAILGATE On the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, a team of volunteers serves dinner to the homeless and those in need in downtown Everett. We provide a hot meal, sack lunch, personal toiletries, gently used clothing, blankets and sleeping bags. An average of 120-140 guests are served each time. Besides providing the basic essentials, we believe in building relationships of trust, hope, are and friendship. If you want to find out more or get involved complete the volunteer form.

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Free sack lunches will be available every Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 PM from July 10-August 28 at Gold Creek Church.  If you know of a family who can benefit from receiving a free lunch, please stop at Gold Creek Church between 12:30-1:30PM.  Sponsored by Hope Creek Charitable Foundation.  For more info email or call 425-876-7161.