Sen. Mark Mullet to donate pay raise to Issaquah Food Bank

May 16, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 16, 2015

Sen. Mark Mullet, D-Issaquah, will donate his share of a pay increase recently approved for state lawmakers to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

“I learned (May 15) there is no easy way to decline this pay increase,” Mullet said in a news release. “We did not ask for it, and did not vote for it, so I figured donating the pay increase to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank would make sure this pay raise benefits our local community.”

Mullet will donate the first portion of the pay raise — $3,368 — when it kicks in this September. The following year, the amount of his donation will increase to $4,723 as the second portion of the pay raise takes effect.

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Adventure Kids Playcare goes outdoors for Spring Festival

May 5, 2015

Five years ago, when Ed and Nicole Mecum opened Adventure Kids Playcare, they hosted a grand-opening festival to introduce themselves to the community.

But a funny thing happened.

“It was so much fun, we decided to have a festival day every year,” Ed Mecum said.

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Pine Lake Middle School celebrates local heroes

May 5, 2015

Sixth-grader Anna Chisholm had never before volunteered for community service, but she said she enjoyed the time she spent helping homeless residents in Seattle earlier this year.

By Neil Pierson Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

By Neil Pierson
Mustafa Miyaziwala, a sixth-grade student at Pine Lake Middle School, tells others about his community service project at the school’s Heropalooza event April 21. Miyaziwala and others formed Snacks for Slavery, which used a bake sale to raise $386 for the International Justice Mission.

“I feel so sad for people that don’t have the opportunities that I have,” said Chisholm, who packed and delivered supplies, and prepared breakfast for homeless adults and teens, alongside members of her select basketball team.

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Help Pickering Garden grow

May 2, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. May 2, 2015

The city is seeking green thumbs to help the Pickering Demonstration Garden grow.

Volunteers help grow fresh produce for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, while learning techniques for growing food organically and utilizing natural resources wisely.

Volunteer hours are available May through September: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m. first and third Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. second and fourth Saturdays.

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Documentary ‘Hunger in America’ is May 6

April 25, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. April 25, 2015

Imagine Housing and the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank present the Eastside premiere of “Hunger in America,” a documentary about the nation’s hunger epidemic.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. May 6, for a 7 p.m. screening at the Issaquah High School Theater, 700 Second Ave. S.E. The event is free and open to the public.

After the film screening, stay for a community conversation to discuss the impact and significance of hunger in our community.

Issaquah’s annual cleanup day is Saturday

April 21, 2015

Members of the Downtown Issaquah Association have learned over the years that as clean as the city looks, there’s still a need to tidy up after a careless few.

Thus, the association’s annual effort to pick up trash in the downtown corridor has grown into a more encompassing event — the third annual, citywide Keep Issaquah Beautiful Day.

The cleanup is from 9 a.m. to noon April 25. The beautification project has grown past the length of Front Street to include: Read more

Help students from five churches feed the hungry

March 5, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 5, 2015

On March 6-7, students in sixth through 12th grades will fast for 30 hours and raise funds to support organizations fighting poverty and hunger.

For the first time, five churches on the plateau will participate in this communitywide event, with more than 175 student participants projected. Participating church youth groups are:

  • Faith Church
  • Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic Church
  • Pine Lake Covenant Church
  • Sammamish Hills Lutheran Church
  • Sammamish Presbyterian Church

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City garden grows 1,500 pounds of produce for food bank

January 31, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. Jan. 31, 2015

In 2014, the Pickering Garden team grew more than 1,500 pounds of fresh food for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank.

The city teamed with Our Seattle Tilth and community members to grow the garden. The total amount of donated food includes 167 pounds from a city employee food drive.

Garden Coordinator Falaah Jones inspired and taught 627 people, who volunteered at the Pickering Garden to help plant, grow and harvest organic food.

Farmers Market vendors and local gardeners also contributed an additional 6,038 pounds of fresh produce to the food bank last year. Read more

Editorial — Get a fresh start by being a volunteer

January 6, 2015

Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank — “The working poor. The newly homeless. Struggling seniors. The mentally ill. Whether underemployed or unemployable, the victim of tough times or tough streets, representing a long-term need or a short-term crisis, we try to help everyone who comes to us.” The organization helps people of all ages all year long. You can help by donating food, money or time. Learn more at http://issaquahfoodbank.org.

Simple solution — Pick up a few extra canned goods when you’re doing your own grocery shopping and drop them by the bank at 179 First Ave. S.E. Read more

Heroin use is on the rise in Issaquah and King County

December 30, 2014

Over a year ago, in June 2013, then-Issaquah Police Chief Paul Ayers said the use of heroin locally was on the rise.

“It appears the use of heroin has risen over the meth usage,” Ayers said.

The situation has not improved.

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