Rick Jump to retire from White Center Food Bank


In an unexpected move, White Center Food Bank Director Rick Jump announced that he will be retiring from the non-profit due to health reasons.

Jump has been in charge of the food bank for the last 12 years, and is quite the well-known community figure, having lived in White Center for 35 years.

“I leave the White Center Food Bank knowing that it is in good, capable, and caring hands and am excited to see how it continues to grow to meet the needs of White Center now and into the future,” Jump said in a statement. “Thank YOU all for being such a wonderful community and for your support of the White Center Food Bank over the past 12 years. They have been some of my most formative and inspiring years of my life.”

The White Center Food Bank will be one of two recipients of the 12th annual Empty Bowls, coming to the Burien Community Center on Friday, Jan. 27.

Everyone at South King Media wishes Rick the best!

Here’s a letter Jump sent out:

To the clients, donors, volunteers, and staff of the White Center Food Bank and to the greater White Center Community:

I have lived in White Center for 35 years; raised my children here, forged lifelong friendships, built partnerships, and helped to grow the White Center Food Bank for the past twelve years. It has been both my professional and personal passion to help support the most vulnerable in our community. It is a unique place – one built on community, diversity, and resiliency despite the many challenges we have faced.

I am proud to call White Center my home.

This is why my decision to retire as the Executive Director of the White Center Food Bank is made with a heavy heart. I arrived at this decision after both I and my wife, Judy, have struggled with health issues in recent months. As much as I love this community, after 12 years of dedicating my life to helping others, it is time that Judy and I take care of ourselves.

I leave the White Center Food Bank knowing that it is in good, capable, and caring hands and am excited to see how it continues to grow to meet the needs of White Center now and into the future.

Thank YOU all for being such a wonderful community and for your support of the White Center Food Bank over the past 12 years. They have been some of my most formative and inspiring years of my life.

All my best,
Rick Jump


Comments

3 Responses to “Rick Jump to retire from White Center Food Bank”
  1. Ann Graham says:

    Thank you, Rick, for the tremendous job you’ve done over many many years serving the White Center community. Your compassion and respect for clients and your passion for providing consistently nutritious food and services to our neighbors is so appreciated. I hope the business relationships you’ve formed will remain intact as the White Center Food Bank searches for new Executive Director. Thank you for making our community stronger, healthier, and more aware of the ongoing needs of the many people who are need of support from their neighbors.

    Best wishes on your retirement!
    Ann Graham, White Center resident and former President, White Center Food Bank

  2. Mark Ufkes says:

    Rick, you have lived a life of significance here in White Center. You have so much to be proud of. Good for you!

    Warm regards

    Mark Ufkes

  3. Kim Kime-Parks says:

    Love to both you & Judy!

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