“Without Seattle Milk Fund’s support I would not have been able to engage in research and make significant progress with my Bachelor’s Degree and make some cool contributions to science.”-Cristian, current University of Washington-Seattle student

Cristian is a McNair Scholar studying microbiology with an interest in public health. He hopes to go on to graduate school and receive his PhD. He works at the Center for Infectious Disease Research running his own independent project deciphering current known P.falciparum [malaria causing agent] virulence factors such as PfEMP1 proteins structure and function while the larger focus is on developing approaches to uncovering innovative immune evasion strategies to aid in vaccine design. Cristian is working simultaneously at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation conducting surveillance on dengue in addition to infectious disease modeling and forecasting.

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Holiday Family Support Drive

Dear Friend of Seattle Milk Fund,

Seattle Milk Fund is holding a Holiday Family Support Drive to provide our families with personalized holiday baskets in celebration of the holidays and New Year. Our families rely on the year-round support they receive from our donors, especially at the end of the year.

Seattle Milk Fund students are determined and ambitious (they have a 95% success rate and average a 3.5 quarterly GPA while in our program). Many have full- or part-time jobs. All are parents.

Our families are trying to make ends meet every day. Seattle Milk Fund child care and family support grants help parents get ahead in life and in their careers. When parents complete their first higher education degree, they can begin working at a higher paying job. This translates to stronger financial futures for our local families. The grants also give their children a great start in life by receiving a valuable learning opportunity that they might not otherwise have.

We are raising funds to purchase gift cards so that parents can purchase gifts, food, or basic need items for over the holidays. These gift cards will be placed in a basket along with cards and personalized stocking stuffer-like gifts for everyone in their family.

As of Nov. 24, you have raised $2,070 for Seattle Milk Fund families.

From now through Dec. 14, for every $100 that is donated, we will add a snowflake to our snow globe. We will update donors with the progress of filling the snow globe with snowflakes on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.

This year, we have several more families who have been welcomed into the program and we would like to provide something to all who request assistance over the holiday season. For many, many years, our circle members and donors have been so generous to our students and their families. Thank you for your continued commitment to providing thoughtful gifts to our students.

We invite you to read about our families who are requesting holiday support this year.

Our families shop at stores like Safeway, Fred Meyer and Costco for food; Target and Ross for clothing; and for used books. We will purchase gift cards from these stores and equitably distribute the cards in the baskets, depending on the size of the family.

If you have a personalized note, physical gift card, or stocking stuffer ($10 to $15 in value) that you would like to donate in person, please contact us at 206.526.7944 to arrange for delivery or pick up. You can also mail in a check to: Seattle Milk Fund, 1130 N. Northgate Way, Seattle, WA 98133. Please include “Holiday Family Support Drive” in the memo to make sure it is allocated for the drive.

Our families, members, donors, and mentors will be invited to attend a family-friendly holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 19. During this party we will provide the baskets to those who requested assistance. We will have cookie-decorating, card-making, and craft activities for the children; and a photographer on-site to take photos of our families in a festive photo booth. All are welcome!

And thanks to the generosity of National Frozen Foods and their employees, all families will receive a bag of pantry essentials to stock their shelves for the New Year.

By helping our families this holiday season, you will create magic for them.

Thanks for your ongoing support,

Inga Paige
Seattle Milk Fund
Executive Director

Join us at CookieFest this year for more bakeries + festive new venue=more holiday deliciousness! New time! Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. New location! Seattle Center’s Armory Loft during Winterfest

CookieFest, Saturday, Dec. 12 @ Seattle Center’s Armory Loft

Join us for CookieFest 2015!

Oct. 26, 2015

CookieFest 2015—Seattle’s Ultimate Pop-Up Bake Sale—Saturday, Dec. 12
A festive new venue + more bakeries than ever before=more holiday deliciousness!

SEATTLE— CookieFest 2015 is Seattle’s ultimate pop-up bake sale! Local pastry artisans unite to sell thousands upon thousands of delectable, holiday-inspired treats for a good cause. Start your holiday excursion at CookieFest during Seattle Center’s Winterfest on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.

All proceeds from CookieFest go to Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care & Family Support Program. Seattle Milk Fund provides child care grants and family support to low-income, full-time students at King County colleges and universities. While parents are in school, their children receive a valuable learning opportunity in a licensed, quality child care facility or preschool. Seattle Milk Fund helps parents realize their higher education potential, which can create a brighter and more stable financial future for their families.

What:           Seattle Milk Fund’s Annual CookieFest, cookies are priced at $15 per dozen or $1.50 each.

When:           Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 at 10 a.m. New start time! In years past, cookies have been boxed up by 12 noon. This year, expect a 2 to 3 hour-long sale.

Where:          Seattle Center’s Amory Loft, parking is conveniently available surrounding Seattle Center. Suggested lots include the Memorial Stadium Lot or the Fifth Avenue Lot next to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Do CookieFest like a pro:

  • There will be bakery boxes on hand, however feel free to bring cookie tins or Tupperware. Also, a bag to hold your sweet confections would be a good idea. #cookiefestexpertmove
  • CookieFest loyalists typically begin arriving about an hour before opening. Once the doors open, the line moves fast. #cookiefestlove
  • Nothing goes better with cookies than milk—enjoy FREE milk from Darigold! #milkandcookiefest
  • Start your holiday excursion at CookieFest and stay to enjoy family-friendly Winterfest programming at Seattle Center. #cookiefestmeetswinterfest

“For the past several years it has been a joy to support Seattle Milk Fund’s CookieFest,” said Laura Copenhaver, Director of Admissions for LeCordon Bleu Seattle. “Those who purchase cookies from Le Cordon Bleu at CookieFest will be given a ‘Kitchen Pass,’ which will allow you to sit in on an actual class.”

2015 participating bakers and bakeries include: Aegis Living, Arctic Club, Bothell High School Culinary Arts, Columbia City Bakery, Fancy Free Bakery, Flying Apron Bakery, Grand Hyatt Seattle, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Little Rae’s, Mighty-O Doughnuts, Newport High School Culinary Arts, On Safari Foods, PCC Natural Markets, Queen Bee Coffee Shop, Renton Technical College, Schwartz Brothers, Seattle’s Own Shortbread, South Seattle College, Skydottir Epic Cookies, Tom Douglas Restaurants, West Seattle High School, and more!

CookieFest is sponsored by Macy’s, National Frozen Foods, and Darigold.

Visit for additional information about CookieFest.

About Seattle Milk Fund
As one of Washington’s longest-running charitable organizations, Seattle Milk Fund has been fueling families’ futures since 1907. Students are provided a quarterly child care grant of up to $1,300 per child, and a quarterly family support grant of $450 per family.

In 2013-2014, Seattle Milk Fund presented a total of $261,548 in grants to local families. Since changing its giving focus in 1965 to provide higher education and family support grants, and in 1990 to include child care grants, Seattle Milk Fund has awarded more than $16M to local families.


A Successful Benefit Luncheon!

We had a lovely Benefit Luncheon on Sept. 22. Seattle Milk Fund members, donors, and new friends gathered to celebrate our students’ achievements. Our guests and those who were unable to attend were very generous. We received a grand total of more than $35,000 (with donations still coming in!). All donations go directly to the Child Care & Family Support Program. Thank you for being a part of the Seattle Milk Fund Family!


We were Tierraso pleased to hear from our student speaker, Tierra, during the recent Seattle Milk Fund Benefit Luncheon. In Tierra’s own words, here is her inspiring story.

I am a fighter! I would not have believed that about myself four years ago. But, as it turns out, I am a fighter. I have been through a lot in my life. And these obstacles have made me stronger.

Before I went back to school, I worked full-time at the mall as a security dispatcher. It was the same routine every day and I did not enjoy what I was doing.

My educational journey began in winter of 2010. I had just been laid off and figured I would go back to school. I started off at Edmonds Community College. I was on the Dean’s list every quarter—I did very well.

In the midst of my education, there was a part of me that was having a very hard time coping with the traumas of my childhood and those issues came out in addiction problems that I had. I took a medical withdrawal and got into treatment.

My daughter stayed with her grandma for three months while I got better. It was the longest we had ever been away from one another. It was so difficult. We missed each other terribly.

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GraceOur student, Grace–who is working on her Bachelor’s in social work–was just notified that she will be receiving a Washington Women in Need scholarship for this academic year.

Over the summer, Grace had an incredible opportunity to work in Ghana on the Child Labor Project, which is addressing child trafficking in the fishing industry.

Thanks to WINN for recognizing Grace with this scholarship. She is truly an awesome woman.


_DSC5367“I could not begin to express the gratitude that I have for the Seattle Milk Fund and their mission. My family and I look forward to interacting with this organization as the years progress and as such are dedicated to being aligned with the mission. We also look forward to volunteering for this organization in the future and hopefully, with some success in education, yearn to provide our own economic dividends in the future such that we may help another family like ourselves.” – Christopher, UW Bothell student


Seattle Milk Fund Benefit Luncheon 2015

Join us for Seattle Milk Fund’s Benefit Luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 22. We are
thrilled to have King County Executive Dow Constantine present the opening remarks, Angela Russell as our Emcee, and Jason Mesnick as our Keynote Speaker. Hear from alumni and current students about the difference Seattle Milk Fund makes in the lives of local families.

Register by September 12 to ensure your spot! Read more.