Kirkland Residents Encouraged to Donate to Local Food Banks

Local Mayors proclaim September 25-October 23 as “Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry”

The Mayors of several East King County cities will soon proclaim September 25 through October 23 as “Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry” as part of the annual “Day of Concern for the Hungry” campaign sponsored by the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County. The proclamations officially launch the “Share What You Can” campaign to benefit those served by local food banks and feeding programs. The emphasis is to fill food bank shelves with non-perishable food items as the school season and fall begins. Donation centers include local grocery stores, public buildings and fire stations. Specific donation sites and suggested donations are posted to www.eastsideforum.org/fooddrive.

In participating communities, neighborhood associations, community leaders, faith organizations, businesses, hospitals and schools are encouraged to rally by hosting food drives and fundraising events. On Saturday, September 25, many grocery stores will be donation sites for the “Day of Concern for the Hungry” kick off.

Programs to benefit from Eastside Food Drive include Hopelink, Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County, World Impact Network-Renewal Food Bank, Issaquah Food Bank, Mercer Island Food Bank, Mt. Si Helping Hands Food Bank and ARS Foundation-Sammamish.

Simple Statistics: · Requests for food at Eastside’s food banks continue to climb by 13% after huge increases of 50%+.

· Among the client households served, 42% said they had to choose between paying for food and paying for rent or mortgage.

· 53% of food banks and meal program visitors ate less than they felt they should because there wasn’t enough money to buy food. (Food Lifeline- Hunger in America 2010 Report, Western Washington Findings.)

· 40% of food bank recipients are under the age of 18 years.

· While the need is surging, donations are flat. These statistics are only part of the picture.

For more information, contact Rochelle Clayton Strunk, Sr. Manager of Emergency Services, Hopelink at 425-943-7559 or rochellec@hope-link.org.