Debra Sinick

Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry Needs Your Help!

In Kirkland WA on September 22, 2011 at 8:34 am

There are people in Kirkland who need your help.  Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry is fast approaching and people are needed to collect donations at Kirkland area supermarkets.  There are a lot of people who are in need of food at this particular time.

Hardly anyone has signed up for October 8th food drive.  You only need to volunteer for 2 1/2  hours to collect the food.  That’s all you have to do.  Couldn’t you spare a few hours to help those who are in need?

Can’t make it to volunteer on October 8th?  Go to the your favorite supermarket to shop and donate on either September 24th or October 8th.  You can also donate throughout the month at a variety of sites all over the eastside.  Remember the drive is a month long so there is a lot of time for you to give.

Food donations on Seattle's eastside

Collecting Food for Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry

Below is the text from Kari Page, Kirkland neighborhood coordinator regarding the food drive.

Local Mayors proclaim September 24-October 22 as “Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry”

The Mayors of several East King County cities will soon proclaim September 24 through October 22 as “Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry” as part of the annual “Day of Concern for the Hungry” campaign sponsored by the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County.  The proclamations officially launch the annual “Share What You Can” campaign to benefit those served by local food banks and feeding programs.  The emphasis is to fill food bank shelves with non-perishable food items as the school season begins.  Donation centers include, various community centers, City Halls, and fire stations.  In addition, on Saturdays throughout the month, volunteers will be collecting food at select grocery stores throughout East King County.

Last year more than 60,000 pounds of food and over $10,000 in cash donations were collected as part of this effort.   These donations help local food banks meet the increasing demand for food assistance at a time when many organizations are experiencing significant funding cuts.  In fact, Hopelink reported that in 2010 the demand was up by 12 percent and has risen by 47 percent over the past three years.

In participating communities, neighborhood associations, community leaders, faith organizations, businesses, hospitals, and schools are encouraged to rally by hosting food drives and fundraising events and volunteering at hosted stores.

For more information or to volunteer, please sign up at Kirkland’s volunteer link.

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