Issaquah Turkey Trot collects $8,000 for local food bank

December 13, 2011

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank Executive Director Cori Kauk (left) accepts the donation from Heather, Mason, Wesley and Tom Matthews (from left). Contributed

The runners at the Thanksgiving morning Issaquah Turkey Trot — some dressed in Pilgrim- and poultry-inspired costumes — raised $8,000 for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

The donation comes as the food bank serves clients during the holiday season. Race organizers presented a check to food bank managers Dec. 9.

“The spirit that was there that day — everybody came together. I felt that united our community, especially for the purpose that we had,” organizer Heather Matthews said. “It gives me a lot of happiness to see what a great community we belong to.”

Participants also collected 213 pounds of food to donate to the food bank.

Overall, more than 600 runners participated in the 5K race. Matthews said a man came dressed as a Pilgrim and another group came dressed as the feathered characters from “Angry Birds.”

The cool, clear conditions led more than 50 people to participate in the run the morning of the event. (The morning the Issaquah Turkey Trot debuted in November 2010, snow greeted the runners.)

Cori Kauk, food bank executive director, also ran in the Issaquah Turkey Trot.

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Holidays highlight need at Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

December 13, 2011

Barb Main (left), an Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank volunteer, helps Marta Cotreras and husband Sotero, of Newcastle, fill their grocery needs for the week during food bank hours Dec. 1. By Greg Farrar

The line outside the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank on a cold December morning is long, and the people clutching canvas bags came bundled against the chill.

The pace inside the plain downtown building is swift. Clients, bags in hand, spirit through another line and place orders with the volunteers behind the counter. Hamburger Helper, macaroni and cheese, and other family dinner staples disappear from the shelves behind the counter as volunteers slip the items inside clients’ bags.

Elsewhere, clients choose from fresh fruits and vegetables, and, of course, canned goods beneath a sign reading, “Take what you need but need what you take.”

The people relying on the food bank for assistance comprise a diverse group. Chinese, Russian and Spanish phrases punctuate the air around the line each morning.

Clients also vary in age. The food bank serves more than 3,200 clients from throughout the Issaquah School District. The group includes more than 1,200 children ages 3 to 17, and more than 460 people 65 and older.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, museums receive grants

November 22, 2011

Countywide Community Forums of King County announced the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank and the Issaquah History Museums as grant recipients Nov. 14.

The food bank received $500 and the museums received $100 after encouraging people to complete a survey about the King County budget. The more respondents completing the survey on behalf of each organization increased the grant amount.

Overall, the process generated more than 1,800 survey responses — a record for Countywide Community Forums, a nonprofit organization in partnership with King County government. Read more

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank needs food drive volunteers

September 20, 2011

Consider helping the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank during the Eastside’s Month of Concern for the Hungry food drive.

The annual food drive runs from Sept. 24 to Oct. 22. The food pantry needs volunteers to pass out lists of needed items to shoppers at local grocery stores. Volunteers then collect the goods and deliver the haul to the food bank.

Organizers need groups to volunteer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays throughout the food drive. Volunteers receive a location assignment, plus shopping lists, boxes and crates, assistance unloading at the food bank and staff contact information for assistance. Volunteers must have a vehicle to make several trips to and from the food bank and local grocers.

Call food bank Executive Director Cori Kauk at 392-4123 to sign up or learn more.

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Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank emphasizes fresh fare

September 6, 2011

The emphasis at the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is on fresh fare, as clients call for more healthy options on pantry shelves and administrators add more space for nutritious foods.

The nascent effort to offer more fresh fare to clients comes as Cori Kauk settles in as executive director and pantry staffers put information from a client survey into use.

The municipal Resource Conservation Office and AmeriCorps members conducted a survey in July to gather input from food bank clients. The respondents asked for more fresh and healthy foods, plus more fruits and vegetables, at the downtown pantry. The survey also indicated clients’ interest in gluten-free and reduced-sodium foods.

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Issaquah food bank launches Tuesday lunch activities

June 14, 2011

This summer, the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is launching a Summer Lunch Program aimed at children looking for fun activities and healthy snacks.

Food bank volunteers and staff members will direct activities every Tuesday from June 21 to Aug. 16. Food bank Executive Director Cori Kauk invited the community to a kick-off event with games, face painting and snacks, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 21 at the trail center gateway park across from the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E.

Each program will have a physical activity, such as jump rope, sidewalk-chalk drawing or sports, for approximately 300 children. Participants will also receive a bag of healthy snacks that will last them most of the week.

Eastridge Church is co-sponsoring the Summer Lunch Program, and the food bank welcomes activity donations of any kind, including Hula Hoops or tennis balls, Kauk said.

Families must live in one of the following ZIP codes to participate: 98027, 98029, 98075 or 98059, and have proof of address and identification.

Learn more by calling the food bank at 392-4123 or go to

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Issaquah food pantry opens for tours

April 26, 2011

Meet Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank employees and volunteers as the downtown food pantry hosts a May 5 open house.

Participants can also tour the space at the food bank, 179 First Ave. S.E., during the gathering. Stop in for a meet-and-greet and a tour from 4-7 p.m.

The attendees can also meet Executive Director Cori Kauk. The former Bellingham Parks and Recreation Department recreation coordinator started at the food bank Jan. 18.

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Issaquah food bank hires new executive director

January 25, 2011

Board selects former Bellingham parks employee for role

Cori Kauk, the new executive director at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, takes a moment for a smile on her first day of work Jan. 18 at the downtown facility. By Greg Farrar

Cori Kauk arrived to handshakes, hugs and flowers to start in the top job at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank last week.

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