Celebrating 10 Years of Service


Congratulations and thanks to all of our volunteers and supporters; Annie’s Community Kitchen celebrates 10 years of dedicated service!

Annie’s Community Kitchen is a service of Edmonds Lutheran Church, that provides a delicious, hot and free community meal, every Wednesday evening from 5:00-6:30 pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. The meal is always well attended and is so successful because of a committed group of volunteers that collectively donate dozens of hours to make this meal so enjoyable and nourishing. We would love for you to come and join us, to participate in the preparation of the meal, or just to enjoy a great dinner among friends.Come as you are…we would love to see you this Wednesday!


Giving Tree

marilyn and theaAnnie’s Kitchen partnered again this holiday season with West Lynnwood QFC to hosts two giving trees; one in the narthex of Edmonds Lutheran Church and another one in QFC’s floral department. The effort was amazingly successful again this year. Were able to serve more than 25 children, who each received two toys that they specifically wished for.

We were also able to host for the third year running, “Santas Workshop” where nearly 20 kids came and were able to pick out nice gifts for friends and family, wrap them and have them all ready to put under the tree.

Thanks so much to Marilyn, Thea and everyone that brightened the lives of so many this Christmas Season!

Thank you Betty!

bettyThank you so much to our beloved Betty Vandenberg for making and packaging 70 pounds of the most delicious fudge. These packages were wrapped in 1 pound portions to deliver to our many supporters who provide us with the food and other resources we need for Wednesday evening’s meal.

Bless you Betty!

Point in Time Count Coming Up

point in timePoint in Time Count

January 28

The Point in Time Count is an annual, nationwide counts that helps gauge the number of people experiencing homelessness. The effort requires volunteers to “go out into the field” to locate and document individuals and groups. Counties across the nation use this information to determine how funds will be distributed to provide services for people who really need them.

For the past couple years, ELC members have participated in this effort, and we invite you to join us again this year, on Thursday, January 28th to help out.

If you can take part in the count, email Suzy at suzybaroud@hotmail.com

Annie’s Kitchen Volunteers have been asked this year to provide a hot breakfast for this event (50-100 people). The breakfast would need to be prepared here in our kitchen and delivered to a warm oven at Good Shepherd. If you would be interested in helping prepare and deliver breakfast, email Suzy at suzybaroud@hotmail.com

Pictures with Santa

Volunteers at Annie’s Kitchen hosted “free pictures with Santa” on Wednesday, December 16th at ELC during dinner. Then they offered pictures at in partnership with West Lynnwood QFC on Saturday, December 19th. Around 100 photos were taken and distributed between the two events and smiles brought to more than 100 faces. It was a great outreach and community networking effort. Thanks so much to everyone that made these two events so much fun and successful!



Thanksgiving Blessings

We were all very grateful to several local politicians for serving over 250 guests at our free Thanksgiving feast on Wed. Nov. 25th, 2015.  Those serving were 32nd Leg District State Senator Maralyn Chase, Edmonds Mayor Dave Earling, Edmonds City Council President Adrienne Fraley-Monillas; Edmonds City Council member Mike Nelson, Woodway Town Council member Tom Whitson, and newly elected Edmonds School Board member Carin Chase.  We appreciate that these elected officials spent an evening helping others in our community. Thank you so much everyone! politicans2015

John Owen and Rozella Kleven Bless ACK Donors

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John Owen has been a tugboat chef for nearly a decade. Working a split shift from 4.30 am-7.00 pm, John cooks breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a crew of 11-20, 7 days a week. He has been working for Crowley Marine Services in Valdez, Alaska for 10 years. A couple of times a year he drops down to the lower 48, and this is when you will have an amazing meal at Annie’s Kitchen. “About 5 years ago, Bob Snyder met me at the gym, and when he found out I was a chef, he roped me in!” said John.


John came back to Annie’s Kitchen on Wednesday, April 8, to make his famous chocolate chip, M&M cookies. John and Rozella spent the morning baking dozens and dozens of cookies, which were than packaged and delivered to some of our loyal donors who supply the food and other items that keep Annie’s Community Kitchen running. Thank you so much, John and Rozella, for your time and baking talents!



Thanks, Edmonds Kiwanas!

kiwanasBob Snyder met with Juliana Van Buskirk and Dick Cassutt of the Edmonds Kiwanas on April 29th and shared about the services provided by Annie’s Kitchen. Thanks so much to everyone at the Kiwanas for their commitment to service and philanthropy. We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership!