Food bank seeks sponsors for needy families

November 25, 2008

By Staff

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank needs more sponsors this holiday season to provide families in need with Thanksgiving meals and Christmas gifts.

This year, 221 families have been linked with sponsors, but more than 150 are still needed, said Kim Ortego, the director’s assistant at the food bank.

“Last year, we were able to sponsor most of our families,” she said. “This year, we got 70 new families this month.”

Overall, some 480 families use the food bank, Ortego said. 

Families who enroll in the program seeking sponsorship fill out request forms listing the things they need and want for the winter. Prospective sponsors contact the food bank and request the size of family they would like to sponsor. Food bank employees then match up sponsors to clients and give the sponsors the list of the family’s needs. Sponsors then purchase things that the client family has asked for.

Purchases are usually presented to the clients unwrapped with wrapping paper included, so that client families can wrap their own packages. This includes both the sponsor and the client in the gift-giving process, Ortego said.

Underwear, socks, gloves, hats and warm clothes are common items that client families put on their wish lists. Many families also ask for baby toys, and new bicycles are a common Christmas wish. 

Adopting a family for Christmas usually costs the sponsors about $300, Ortego said. In the past, sponsors have been mostly businesses, but individuals and families can become sponsors, too.

Banic Chiropractic Clinic is providing a complimentary chiropractic appointment to current and new patients who sponsor a family. Call 313-9222. 

How to help

To sponsor a family at the food bank, call 392-4123.

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