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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Eastside food drive launched

"Share what you can" is the message.Bellevue has joined neighboring cities in a "Share What You Can" food drive this fall. On Friday, Sept. 25, the mayors of several East King County cities, including Bellevue, launched the campaign, proclaiming Sept. 26 through Oct. 24 as "Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry." Volunteers at various grocery stores collected food all day on Sept. 25.

Walmart is an official sponsor for the food drive, and is challenging other businesses also to contribute money to local food programs, including Hopelink, the Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle and King County, the World Impact Network-Renewal Food Bank, the Issaquah Food Bank, the Mercer Island Food Bank and ARAS Foundation-Sammamish.

The emphasis for the month-long drive aims to fill food bank shelves with non-perishable food items as fall begins. Participating cities are: Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Issaquah, Bellevue, Mercer Island and Newcastle. Neighborhood associations, community leaders, faith organizations, businesses, hospitals and schools in these cities have been hosting food drives and fundraising events.

Non-perishable food items will be accepted at many city facilities, including City Hall, Mini City Hall, North Bellevue, South Bellevue and Crossroads Community Centers, Bellevue Aquatic Center, Bellevue Golf Course, Bellevue Botanical Garden and Lewis Creek Visitor Center. Donations will also be taken at Hopelink (14812 Main St.) and the World Impact Network Renewal Food Bank (2015 Richards Rd.)

For more information including a list of donation sites, visit the Eastside Forum food drive or contact Carrie Hite of Kirkland at 425-587-3320 or chite@ci.kirkland.wa.us.

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