Monthlong food drive kicks off at Issaquah grocers Saturday

September 24, 2010

By Warren Kagarise

NEW — 10 a.m. Sept. 24, 2010

Parishioners from several Issaquah churches kick off a monthlong food drive to benefit the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank at local grocers Saturday.

The push is part of the Eastside’s Month of Concern for the Hungry, a drive to encourage businesses, community leaders, faith-based organizations, hospitals, neighborhood associations and schools to host food drives and fundraisers.

Participants plan to distribute shopping lists to shoppers at four Issaquah stores to encourage them to pick up staple items for the food pantry. Shoppers then drop off the purchases at the store. The organizers collect and donate the food.

“Staying warm and well-fed when the weather outside starts to turn is important,” the Rev. Mark Miller, the pastor at Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship, said Thursday.

Look for food drive participants at the following locations from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday:

  • Fred Meyer, 6100 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.
  • Front Street Market, 80 Front St. S.
  • QFC, 1540 N.W. Gilman Blvd.
  • Safeway, 735 N.W. Gilman Blvd.

Participants also plan to collect food at the Klahanie QFC, 4570 Klahanie Drive S.E., on Saturday.

Expect to see the food drive participants at the stores between Saturday and Oct. 23 — except for Oct. 2, the opening day of the Salmon Days Festival.

The shopping lists also include a space for shoppers to tally the amount spent on donations for income tax purposes.

The grocers appreciate the food drive, too.

“The stores love it because we’re asking people to go in and spend extra money,” Miller said.

The onset of fall and the approaching holiday season stretch the pantry. Donors provide everyday staples, plus the fixings for holiday meals.

Numerous Issaquah churches joined together last year in a first-time effort to fill the food pantry. The drive hauled in 15,898 pounds of food for the Issaquah food bank.

Overall, Eastside residents donated more than 77,000 pounds of food to regional food banks during the drive.

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