The mayors of several East King County cities will soon proclaim Sept. 24 through Oct. 22 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 annual "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 items as the school season begins. Donation centers include community centers, city halls and fire stations. In addition, on Saturdays throughout the month, volunteers will collect food at select grocery stores throughout East King County.
Last year more than 60,000 pounds of food and over $10,000 in cash donations were collected as part of this effort. These donations help local food banks meet the increasing demand for food assistance at a time when many organizations are experiencing significant funding cuts. In fact, Hopelink reported that in 2010 the demand was up by 12 percent and has risen by 47 percent over the past three years.
In the participating cities -- Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Mercer Island, North Bend, Redmond and Sammamish -- neighborhood associations, community leaders, faith organizations, businesses, hospitals and schools are encouraged to rally by hosting food drives and fundraising events and volunteering at hosted stores.
The Eastside Human Service Forum offers more information on how you can help.
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