Klahanie food drive, pumpkins return for 24th year

October 9, 2012

By Christina Corrales-Toy

In the span of 23 years, local Realtor Bob Richards has collected more than 80 tons of food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, through his annual food drive held in Klahanie.

Richards started the food drive after reading that the local food bank needed some assistance many years ago.

“I ran across an article that the Issaquah food bank was struggling at the time and we just made a decision to do our part, and it’s just kept going, and this will be the 24th consecutive year,” he said.

But Richards’ event isn’t just a food drive, it’s also known for its festive atmosphere, complete with a free pumpkin for those who visit.

“We will have small and medium-sized pumpkins, and locals are more than welcome to come and get one, and normally we have a little bit of candy, too,” he said.

How to help

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank food drive and pumpkin giveaway, hosted by Bob Richards

  • Challenger Elementary School
  • 25200 S.E. Klahanie Blvd.
  • Oct. 13-14
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days

This year’s food drive will be held in front of Challenger Elementary School.

While the food drive is held in Klahanie, everyone is invited to drop off some food and take a pumpkin home, Richards said.

It’s also an opportunity for residents to get their real estate questions answered by Richards, a real estate agent with Windermere Issaquah.

But the main focus of the event is the donations provided to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

“Nonperishable food is the best,” he said. “They are also looking for food for babies. That’s sometimes the hardest thing to get. Formula, little jars of food, things like that, would really help.”

The food drive and pumpkin giveaway is Richards’ way of giving back to the community. In 2010, he received a community service award from the Seattle King County REALTORS for his work with the food drive.

“Even though we are in a very prosperous community, there are people that, during certain times of their life, are maybe a little short in money or food,” he said. “We need the people in the community to step up and give, and I’m just trying to do my part of that.”

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