Donate during monthlong community food drive

September 22, 2009

By Staff

Donate to the less fortunate during the Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry from Sept. 26 to Oct. 24. Issaquah and several other Eastside cities will participate in the Share What You Can campaign.Mayors of several Eastside cities asked residents to share what they can and donate to local food banks and feeding programs. Organizers hope to fill food bank shelves with nonperishable items as the school season kicks into gear and fall begins.

Issaquah drop-off sites include the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, as well as several churches.

Businesses, neighborhood associations, community leaders, faith-based organizations, hospitals and schools are encouraged to host food drives and fundraising events to fill pantry shelves.

Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Redmond and Sammamish will also participate in the campaign.

Requests at local food banks are up 50 percent from 18 months ago. Among the people turning to food banks, 44 percent said they had to choose between buying food or paying mortgage or rent. Among those households, 38 percent have at least one member under 18, according to data provided by the Share What You Can campaign.

Contact Kirkland Parks & Community Services Department Deputy Director Carrie Hite at 587-3320 or chite@ci.kirkland.wa.us to learn more.

How to help

Donate nonperishable food items during the Eastside Month of Caring at these drop-off sites:

Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.

Foothills Baptist Church, 10120 Issaquah-Hobart Road, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sundays

Issaquah Christian Church, 10328 Issaquah-Hobart Road

Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, 165 Front St. N., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays

Our Savior Lutheran Church, 745 Front St. S., 9:30 a.m. – noon Mondays-Fridays; 9 a.m. – noon Sundays

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 24850 S.E. Issaquah-Fall City Road, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays

St. Michael and All-Angels Episcopal Church, 325 S.E. Darst St.

Summit Community Church and Alathia Community Church, 158 First Place

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 250 Mountain Park Blvd. S.W., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 4 – 7 p.m. Saturdays; 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Sundays

Find more donation sites at www.eastsideforum.org/fooddrive.

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