Debra Sinick

Kirkland Community Food Drive Fills The Shelves

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2009 at 9:28 am

Kirkland Food Drive Collection Totals
(pounds of food)

Neighborhoods

· Juanita = 461 pounds

· North Rose Hill = 320 pounds

· Market = 3,855 pounds

· Norkirk = 424 pounds

· Highlands = 2,788 pounds

· Moss Bay = 508 pounds

· Everest = 849 pounds

· Central Houghton = 554 pounds

· South Rose Hill/Bridle Trails = 8,453 pounds

Other

  • City of Kirkland Employee Food Drive = 2,240 pounds
  • Kirkland Youth Council Kick Off Collection Event = 1,250

TOTAL = 21,702 pounds

Mayor James Lauinger congratulates Penny Sweet, Market Neighborhood Chair, for the neighborhood association winning the neighborhood challenge to collect the most food per capita.    Kirkland Food Drive Collection Totals  (pounds of food)  Neighborhoods •	Juanita = 461 pounds •	North Rose Hill = 320 pounds •	Market = 3,855 pounds •	Norkirk = 424 pounds •	Highlands = 2,788 pounds •	Moss Bay = 508 pounds •	Everest = 849 pounds •	Central Houghton = 554 pounds •	South Rose Hill/Bridle Trails = 8,453 pounds  Other •	City of Kirkland Employee Food Drive = 2,240 pounds •	Kirkland Youth Council Kick Off Collection Event = 1,250  TOTAL = 21,702 pounds

Kirkland, WA At its meeting Tuesday night, the Kirkland City Council recognized the community-wide food drive efforts that netted over 20,000 pounds of food that filled the shelves at Hopelink’s Kirkland Food Bank. Shona Koester, Kirkland’s Hopelink Center Manager, announced the total amounts of food collected throughout the community from early November through mid-December, including donations from the neighborhood challenge. Mayor James Lauinger awarded the Market Neighborhood a complimentary summer pool party for its efforts that resulted in the most food collected per capita.

“It’s a relief to see our shelves so full of food again even though the need for donations continues to rise,” said Koester. “Every item donated during the drive will soon go to feed a hungry family.”

Several neighborhoods participated in the neighborhood challenge to collect the most pounds of food per population living within the neighborhood. Collection sites were set up within the neighborhoods for ease of drop off. Hopelink and the City’s Parks Maintenance staff regularly collected the food items and transported them to the food bank at the Kirkland Hopelink Center.

“The City Council appreciates the collaborative efforts by all those involved,” says Mayor James Lauinger. “The results speak volumes to the caring of the Kirkland community.”

Food bank and cash donations are accepted year round by Hopelink. For center locations, go to www.hope-link.org or call 425-869-6000.

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