Christmas concert benefits Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

December 18, 2012

By Staff

Christmas revelers can listen to holiday music and benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank as Abide Bible Church hosts a benefit concert for the nonprofit organization.

The event is meant to collect food for the food bank and raise awareness about the organization’s mission. The concert is open to the public, and organizers ask attendees to bring a food donation for admission.

Concert attendees can also hear from a food bank representative about the role the organization fills in the community.

If you go

Christmas Benefit Concert

  • 5 p.m. Dec. 23
  • Abide Bible Church
  • 425 E. Sunset Way
  • The price of admission is a food item donation for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.
  • 890-4444
  • www.abidebible.com

Once the concert is done, attendees can enjoy Christmas refreshments at the church.

The church is also accepting food donations for the organization every Sunday during December.

The food bank serves clients from throughout the Issaquah School District — from Preston to Newcastle, and from Sammamish to Renton.

The concert comes at a critical time for the organization. The food bank’s needs often come into focus during the holiday season.

Demand is high at food banks across Washington, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Agriculture, and officials urged residents to donate to local food assistance programs.

The figures from the state agency show one in five Washington residents visited a food bank at least once in the past year.

Between June 2011 and June 2012, officials recorded more than 8.6 million visits to food banks statewide — 500,000 more visits than in the previous year, according to the figures collected by the agency’s Food Assistance Program.

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