Bartell Drugs holds food drive to benefit needy children

June 9, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 6 a.m. June 9, 2011

“Bartell Drugs’ Stock the Pantry” food drive continues through Sunday to help out-of-school children and families in need.

The food drive is occurring at all Bartell stores in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Residents can donate nonperishable food items at the Issaquah location, 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E.

In association with Northwest Harvest, the drive by Bartell Drugs focuses on replenishing local food bank, meal program and school food stocks during summer months — when families depending on free or reduced-price school meals may struggle to provide healthy meals at home.

Some child-friendly donation suggestions include canned tuna, instant oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, cheese crackers, applesauce and canned fruit in individual serving sizes.

Launched in 2009, “Bartell Drugs’ Stock the Pantry” donations have totaled nearly 35,000 pounds of food since the launch.

“Through the generous contributions by our customers, we’re proud to support Northwest Harvest with this effort,” Bartell’s Chairman and CEO George D. Bartell said in a news release.

Seattle-based Bartell Drugs owns and operates 58 stores throughout King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.

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