Kirkland Nourishing Network meets 1st Holiday food objective

Kirkland comes through again! 

Scores of volunteers bell be dropping off food boxes at John Muir Elementary School, this morning, to help some of the most needy families in Kirkland as part of a Kirkland Nourishing Network project. Late, last night, the final slot for
today's 80 food boxes was taken by a Kirkland resident.
Ten slots still remain for the December 27 delivery at

Volunteers have come from all across the community. The
Kirkland Nourishing Network initiative is designed to go
beyond the "usual" food drive efforts. The initiative
gives opportunities to those that have additional
capacity or are not normally involved in helping
neighbors with food secuirty. Kirkland has stepped up to
fill every identified need.

This project has seen great support come from the
Kirkland Firefighters' Benevolent Association. The
organization has provided thousands of dollars to fill
over 80 food boxes and provided shoppers for some
volunteers that were unable to shop themselves.

Several service clubs and youth sports organizations have
taken up the cause with prominent support from the
Kirkland Rotary Club, both Kirkland Kiwanis clubs and the
Lake Washington Optimist Club. PTSA support is strong,
and some elementary school classes have also volunteered
to donate a boxes. Last week, the Kirkland City Council
approved contribution of this year's Rotary Club Duck
Dash tax receipts to the Network.

Those families receiving the food boxes all have children
in John Muir Elementary School. The families have been
identified as some of the most needy in the community.
They are generally disconnected from food security
systems for one reason or another. Kirkland Nourishing
Network is working with Hopelink and other agencies to
get these families linked to sustainable support and
means to develop self sufficiency. In that way, Network
initiatives can move on to another gap in the system.

Today's deliveries are half of the Kirkland Nourishing
Network project for this holiday season. The 2nd
delivery date is Dec 27, and there are still 10 slots
open for volunteers.

Dave Asher