Community replenishes local food banks

October 11, 2011

By Staff

On Sept. 17, nearly 400 men, women and children walked door to door to collect food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

The daylong effort produced 3,000 pounds of food, a substantial amount of nonperishable items to assist those in need at a time when inventory was critically low.

“We were told that need had risen by nearly 50 percent,” said Robert Johnson, president of the Bellevue South Stake that encompasses 10 Latter-day Saints congregations on the Eastside, and three in the Issaquah area. “We had to do something.”

Johnson chose to have a food drive for the second year in a row and gave coordinator Daric Schweikart a lofty goal.

“He challenged me to double the results from last year,” explained Schweikart, an executive with a local technology company.

Schweikart encouraged the congregations to pick the food bank, work with local stores and even other churches to spread the word.

“We saw strangers come together, homeowners graciously leaving food on the doorstep for pickup and groups that we’d never worked with before jumping in to help,” Johnson said.

The final tally was 40 percent more food than last year.

“We are going to try and double it again next year,” Johnson said. “When the community comes together to serve one another, regardless of what they believe or don’t believe, we can do anything.”

The Eastside’s Month of Concern for the Hungry to benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank runs through Oct. 22. Get information about the items wanted at http://issaquahfoodbank.org.

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