Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank to host benefit breakfast

September 19, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 19, 2013

The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank will host an Oct. 17 benefit breakfast at Eastridge Church, 24205 S.E. Fall City Road.

Register now to help fill the shelves at the food bank that serves an average of 4,934 people per month.

The Recipe for Hope Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. James Whitfield, CEO of Leadership Eastside, will be the keynote speaker, while state Sen. Mark Mullet will emcee the event.

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Mayors Month of Concern drive helps local food bank

September 17, 2013

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.”

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Church, mayors join to host food drive

September 10, 2013

Issaquah’s church community and local government will lead a food drive for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank beginning Sept. 14.

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.

On Saturdays through Oct. 12, 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.

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Godly giveaway

August 20, 2013

Eastridge Church hosts food bank backpack handouts

By Greg Farrar Kate Monroe (left) and Lisette Murrell, and other church and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies Aug. 7 at Eastridge Church to give to school children in need at a Aug. 24 community festival.

By Greg Farrar
Kate Monroe (left) and Lisette Murrell, and other church and Kiwanis Club of Issaquah volunteers fill backpacks with school supplies Aug. 7 at Eastridge Church to give to school children in need at a Aug. 24 community festival.

Eastridge Church is hosting a community festival Aug. 24 where, in partnership with the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, school children in need will be given backpacks filled with basic school supplies.

The festivities and fun begins at 10 a.m. at the church, 24205 SE Issaquah Fall city Rd, with outdoor activities that include inflatables, face painting and science shows by Eastridge children’s pastor Dan Metteer.

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Help Issaquah’s hungry by picking or donating fruit

July 28, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. July 28, 2013

Is there an overabundance of fruit in your yard?

Issaquah Harvest is teaming up with Sustainable Issaquah to find trees that produce more fruit than the owner can use. The group consists of friends and neighbors who pick fruit to donate to the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. These include apples, pears, plums and other tree fruit.

Those who wish to participate in late summer should fill out a tree information form here. Trees must be healthy, not infested with pests and in an accessible location.

Direct questions to the website or email

Theater opening to benefit food bank

June 25, 2013

As a part of its grand opening, the Regal Issaquah Highlands 12 theater will hold a preview event to benefit local charities.

On June 29, all movies, popcorn and soft drinks will be $2 each with all proceeds going to benefit the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. The theater will show “Eat, Pray, Love,” “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and “Julie & Julia” under the theme “Regal’s Recipe for Hope.”

On June 30, proceeds will benefit the charity Newspapers in Education and the theme will be “Read It and See It at Regal,” and the theater will show “The Hunger Games” and “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.”

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Youth Advisory Board seeks new members

April 9, 2013

For all fifth- through 11th-graders interested in making a difference in the community, the Youth Advisory Board seeks new members for just such a service.

The board, made up of representatives from each Issaquah School District middle and high school, is looking for applicants for its 2013-2014 term. Before the May 3 deadline, dedicated teens and tweens can submit their applications to the Parks & Recreation Department along with references.

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Issaquah starts countdown to plastic bag ban

February 26, 2013

The citywide ban on most retail plastic bags starts March 1, and Issaquah leaders are reminding residents and retailers to prepare for the ordinance to go into effect.

The measure also sets a 5-cent fee for most paper carryout bags. Under the ordinance, retailers keep the fee to offset the cost to phase out plastic bags. Shoppers can see the expense itemized on receipts.

Though the ordinance requires most plastic bags to disappear from retailers in March, consumers should not expect to see the bags vanish altogether.

The legislation contains exemptions for plastic bags for bakery items, bulk foods, meat, produce, dry cleaning, newspapers, small hardware items and takeout foods.

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St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church leader to retire

January 22, 2013

ContributedThe Rev. Ann Lukens, leader at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, leads parishioners in worship.

The Rev. Ann Lukens, leader at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, leads parishioners in worship. Contributed

The leader at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ann Lukens, plans to retire from the post Jan. 27 after a dozen years.

Lukens spearheaded and oversaw significant expansions at the downtown Issaquah church, including a modernization and expansion of facilities, encouraging more music in worship and deepening St. Michael’s ties to the community.

Throughout Lukens’ tenure, St. Michael’s adapted to accommodate a burgeoning congregation. The church remodeled and added space for Sunday school classrooms a decade ago and, in June 2011, consecrated a 4,985-square-foot addition to almost double the church’s footprint.

St. Michael’s, founded in 1953, used the 2011 expansion to refresh the church façade and add a music center to make room for popular music programs and children’s ministries.

From the pulpit, Lukens led meaningful Holy Week services — Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday — offered parishioners a chance to worship in festive attire on All Hallows and, before Lent, Fat Sunday.

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Who’s News

January 22, 2013

Kiwanis Club of Issaquah coat drive a success

Issaquah Kiwanis annual coat and shoe drive last month collected more than 500 donations for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank. Several pairs of warm socks and scarves were also donated.

Top donations came from Hawkins Orthodontics with a record 171 coats and shoes, Pine Lake Club’s 84 items and the Liberty High School Key Club’s 74 items.

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