Bellringer fund helps ShareNet, which also needs volunteers

Much of the money ShareNet Food Bank in Kingston receives goes to food, Food2GO (a school program) and financial assistance for eviction and utility shutoff.

ShareNet is just one of five agencies aided by the Poulsbo Lions Bellringer Fund each year. The fund is in the midst of its annual fundraising drive.

ShareNet serves people in Kingston, Indianola, Little Boston, Hansville, Eglon and some border addresses in Poulsbo and Suquamish.

ShareNet celebrates the season with a Christmas Shop, now in its 15th year. It’s hosted by Bayside Community Church, where the food bank originated 30 years ago. During peak years, families of up to 250 children have received gifts and holiday cheer through community elves.

Food banks will always have unexpected expenses, such as the new liftgate ShareNet had to install earlier this year for $9,000. But you know what’s really needed? Volunteers.

“We want to reactivate our Mobile Food Pantry pilot, which began in 2022, which we have not had the right volunteer help for,” director Mark Ince said. “We have open (volunteer) positions which need to be filled: a lead driver and a volunteer coordinator.”

To volunteer, call Ince at 360 297-2266.

To donate to the Bellringer Fund, go to or mail a check to Poulsbo Lions, PO Box 1244, Poulsbo WA 98370.

In its first official week, the fund brought in $1,000, making the total $3,600. The goal is $25,000.