Debra Sinick

Kirkland, You Did Such A Good Job Donating Food, We’re At It Again!

In Kirkland WA on September 25, 2009 at 10:25 am

Kirkland did such a great job donating food for last fall’s Kirkland food drive for Hopelink that we are at it again.  Only this time, the challenge is bigger and better.  Last year the neighborhoods in Kirkland donated over 20,000 lbs. of food to Hopelink. This year in addition to Kirkland, Bellevue, Sammamish, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Redmond are taking on the challenge.  This year’s challenge is to raise 200,000 lbs. of food for Hopelink, the Mercer Island Food Bank, ARAS of Sammamish, the Issaquah Food Bank, the World Impact Network Renewal Food Bank, and the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County.

Some sobering eastside statistics regarding the need for donations:

  • Requests for food at local food banks are up almost 50% as compared to 18 months ago.
  • Among the client households served 44% said they had to choose between paying for food and paying for rent or mortgage.
  • 38% have at least one household member under the age of 18 years.
  • While the need is surging, donations have been trending downward.

September 26-October 24, 2009 has been declared “Eastside’s Month of Concern for the Hungry.” The kick off date for the food drive is this Saturday, September 26th, with many grocery stores participating in a “Day of Concern for the Hungry.” Everyone is asked to help those in need by donating non-perishable items to the food drive.

Here’s a copy of the list of recommended food items:

  • Peanut Butter (18 oz plastic jars)
  • Canned corn, peas, green beans, diced tomatoes
  • Canned peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail
  • Canned pineapple and tomato juice (48 oz.)
  • Canned beef stew (24 oz.)
  • Canned pork & beans
  • Canned lunch meat (SPAM)
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned soup
  • Canned chili
  • 1 qt envelopes powdered milk
  • Vegetable oil (24 oz.)
  • Snack pudding
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Jars of baby food (1st and 2nd foods only)
  • Dried pasta

Please donate in Kirkland. The fire stations, Evergreen Hospital, and City Hall are all collection points.

Neighborhood drop off point:

City Hall (they are expecting donations from the Highlands)

123 Fifth Avenue

The need is great.  Think about picking one or two items up every time you go to the grocery store this month.  It’ll be an easy way to collect a bag full of food items.

One, possibly two, neighborhood food drives will be planned for this coming month.  If you’re interested in helping with the food drive and volunteering a little time, please email at

Stay tuned, I’ll be providing some more information about the neighborhood activities for the food drive.  For more information about the food drive in general, check out the eastside forum site.

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