Give to the hungry before food drive ends Saturday

October 21, 2009

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 21, 2009

Donate to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank before a monthlong food drive wraps Saturday.

The effort coincides with the start of the fall giving season, when food bank workers and volunteers fill pantry shelves ahead of the holidays.

The food drive, known as the Share What You Can campaign, brought together several Issaquah churches to feed the hungry. Churches kicked off the food drive in late September.

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.

Donate nonperishable food items at the following locations:

  • 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 Catholic Church, 220 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 here.

The food bank listed the following items as most-needed:

  • Peanut butter (18-ounce plastic jars)
  • Canned corn, peas, green beans, diced tomatoes
  • Canned peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail
  • Canned pineapple and tomato juices (48-ounce cans)
  • Canned beef stew (24-ounce cans)
  • Canned pork and beans
  • Canned lunchmeat, such as Spam
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned soup
  • Canned chili
  • Powdered milk (one-quart envelopes)
  • Vegetable oil (24-ounce containers)
  • Snack pudding
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Baby food (first and second foods only)
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One Response to “Give to the hungry before food drive ends Saturday”

  1. Mike on October 21st, 2009 10:37 pm

    Best of luck the rest of the way — I hope you reach your goals.
    Vivienne told us her story a while back, about working at a food bank in Reno. She ended up in a conversation w/ a woman there, and realized how similar they were in so many ways.
    Anyway I think stories like this might help inspire others to donate, volunteer, or otherwise get involved.
    I hope you find it as inspirational as I do. Thanks for reading.

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