Mayors Month of Concern drive helps local food bank

September 17, 2013

By Staff

The Mayors Month of Concern Food Drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank continues until Oct. 12.

The food bank finds itself in dire need after the summer months left its shelves bare.

“Usually, the summer months are our lowest time for donations,” said Cori Walters, Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank executive director. “It’s not common that we run out of mac and cheese.”

She said the organization is in need of staple food items like canned proteins of tuna, chicken and salmon. It also needs jam, cereal, baby food, diapers size five through six, toiletries, canned soups, veggies and fruits.

The community can help local churches restock food and clothing bank shelves. The churches participating in the drive, now in its 10th year, are:

  • Issaquah Christian Church
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church
  • Foothills Baptist Church
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church
  • Mountain Creek Christian Fellowship
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church

On Saturdays through Oct. 12 (except Oct. 5), residents can drop off supplies at Fred Meyer, QFC Issaquah, Safeway Issaquah and Front Street Market. Volunteers will greet shoppers at the entrances of each of the grocery stores and provide shoppers with a needs list for their shopping convenience.

Walters said last year the program brought in 11,380 pound of donations.

“Our food drive here collected more than other communities,” she said, adding she’d like to see those numbers met or topped this year.

In 2012, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank served an average of 3,866 individuals a month and the average number of people served in 2013 each month has gone up to 4,934.

The local charity strives to provide a variety of healthy foods that are culturally diverse. It has many clients that have special dietary needs, so gluten-free foods are welcome.

“Issaquah is a very generous community and has super support for its food bank,” Walters said. “We feel very fortunate these types of food drives can generate so much more for our community members in need of a support system.”

Learn more by emailing cori@issaquahfoodbank.org or calling 392-4123.

 

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