City food bank needs school supplies

August 25, 2009

By Hunter Deiglmeier

The Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is in desperate need of materials for back to school.“Right now, we don’t have anything,” Executive Director Cherie Meier said. “We run out of the most items from sixth grade and up.”

Items for those grades include No. 2 pencils; pencil pouches; packages of 3×5 white, lined index cards; red and black ballpoint pens; large pink erasers; glue sticks; binders; college-ruled notebook paper; basic scientific calculators; compasses; and backpacks.

For kindergarten through second grade, items such as watercolor paints; wide-ruled notebook paper; scissors; colored pencils; No. 2 pencils; and dry erase markers are needed. Third-grade through fifth-grade students need those items as well as spiral notebooks, dictionaries, highlighters, red ballpoint pens, and 2-inch and 3-inch binders.

Backpacks are needed for middle and high school students, as well. Students at the district’s elementary schools have backpacks they can get at their schools, thanks to Costco.

The company asked for the number of students on each elementary school’s free and reduced-lunch program and then donated enough backpacks for them, said Sara Niegowski, district communications director.

E-mails and letters about the free backpacks went out from the school at the end of the year.

Basic materials for classrooms are also needed. To help keep children healthy, families and classrooms need hand sanitizer, Kleenex and packages of wet wipes for all ages.

Food and beverages are also needed.

For beverages, “The only thing we really, really need is juice.” Meier emphasized. “Even juice in big bottles.”

Meals in a can, like chili and stew are needed, she said, adding that she hopes to have shelves packed full of meals for children.

Baby formula is also needed.

Due to the economy, the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank has seen a decrease in donations, especially monetary donations. In order to keep it running, the people of Issaquah need to reach out and donate, Meier said.

The food and clothing bank, 179 First Ave. S.E., is open for donations from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. – noon Monday and Friday. A drop-box is available 24 hours a day.

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