Kirkland Nourishing Network is working to help feed some of the "neediest of the needy" in Kirkland elementary schools over the Thanksgiving holiday school break. The teachers and school counselor identify these kids and their families.
This year, we will ask you four times, with 6 different drop-off dates, for assistance for these, and similarly situated, families: December holidays (2 drop-off dates), Mid-winter Break, Spring Break (2 drop-off dates) and Thanksgiving.
Your response, last year, motivated the community into action. The City of Kirkland stepped up to increase the Summer Feeding Program support. We had great success and doubled our Summer Feeding program, this year, with the help of the Kirkland Kiwanis.
Last year, the Kirkland Firefighters, the Optimists, the Kirkland Kiwanis, Kirkland Rotary, and even the City Council stepped up to support our efforts during school breaks, but we absolutely need your help to make this happen. There are two things we ask you to do:
1. Please take a look at the web site to see if you can help bring a box of food, next week: http://www.mysignup.com/thanksgivingfood
2. Please pass this information along to your contacts that aren't already supporting food insecurity in Kirkland this holiday season.
Kirkland has a reputation stepping up to help its own. The area where we are helping has the highest concentration of low-income families in Kirkland, Bellevue and Redmond combined.
We are working with Hopelink and Pantry Packs to get connections to on-going support and aid to move to self-sufficiency. That will take a long time, so we are working with existing gaps that have been identified by those that see the needs of these children every day.
This is real need in our community, right now. You can make an immediate difference in the lives of these children and their families.
Thanks for considering these 2 requests. The Thanksgiving food delivery date is Monday, Nov. 25.