End Summer Hunger Food Drive
With need up, the city challenges neighborhoods to collect food for local families this summer. Participating Neighborhoods so far
- Register your neighborhood by calling Julie Ellenhorn (contact information in the right column).
- Receive an "End Summer Hunger Challenge Kit" including a road map for running a successful food drive, receptacles for food collection with a neighborhood banner and customized flyers for your neighborhood.
- See neighborhood progress reports, ideas, successes and more!
- Celebrate your success – every participating neighborhood will be invited to an outdoor picnic with a band at City Hall Plaza the evening of Thursday, July 23, 6 to 8 p.m., sponsored by Whole Foods.
The Hard Facts:
- Requests for emergency assistance by Bellevue residents in the fourth quarter of 2008 increased by 49 percent.
- Requests for food during September 2008 - January 2009 increased by 31 percent in Bellevue.
- More than 11,000 children on the Eastside need YOU to help End Summer Hunger.
Surrey Downs – After collecting more than 1,000 pounds of food for the holiday food drive last winter, Surrey Downs collected money for Hopelink this time at a neighborhood garage sale on June 20. Cash donations go far because Hopelink has huge buying power. Some garage-sale participants donated a portion of their proceeds as well. They also held a bake sale in conjunction with the garage sales. As a result of these efforts, Surrey Downs neighbors made a $400 donation to Hopelink in the late Councilman Phil Noble's name.
Newport Hills – In addition to food collection bins at the Newport Hills Swim Club, the neighborhood will incorporate the food drive into its annual Fourth of July celebration. From July 2 to 6, the city will provide a truck for food drop off in the Bank of America parking lot.
West Bellevue – Kids in the neighborhood gathered food door-to-door. On June 18, Lochleven delivered 160 pounds of food to Hopelink
Forest Ridge – Neighborhood high school students spearheaded Forest Ridge's food drive and donated 440 pounds of food to World Impact. In addition, some of the neighbors collected 500 pounds of pet food, which was donated to the Humane Society to help seniors and families with their pet food needs.
Summit Ridge I – A resident who lives on the busiest corner in Summit Ridge hosted a collection bin on her driveway for several days in June. On June 15, 156 pounds of food were delivered to Hopelink.
Spring Hills - The Spring Hills neighborhood donated 178 pounds of food to Hopelink.
Lakemont Highlands - Neighbors in Lakemont Highlands are undertaking a food drive for the month of July involving local businesses.
Newport Shores - Residents of Newport Shores donated 234 pounds of food to Hopelink
Whispering Heights/Collingwood - At their 4th of July event, residents of Whispering Heights and Collingwood collected 174 pounds of food to donate to Hopelink
Mockingbird Hill - At their July 4 party, Mockingbird Hill collected 120 pounds of food to donate to Hopelink
Crofton - Crofton neighborhood food drive was held on August 1st. 864 lbs of food and $80 in cash donations went to Hopelink
Four Square Church and Woodridge - The Four Square Church and the Woodridge neighborhood are partnering on a large food drive beginning in mid-August. They will also host a carnival event for neighbors and food drive recipients on September 13.
East Phantom Lake - Neighbors in East Phantom Lake donated 70 pounds of food to Hopelink.