Food drive under way at Kent's Top Food & Drug
November 4, 2011 · Updated 11:08 AM
A food drive to stock the shelves of local food banks before the holidays is being conducted through Nov. 30 at Kent's TOP Food & Drug, 26015 104th Ave. S.
The Fill the Mayflower food drive is being conducted throughout Western Washington by TOP Food & Drug, Haggen Food & Pharmacy and radio station 106.1 KISS FM. The drive seeks to fill Mayflower moving vans stationed at the Bellevue and Tacoma TOP Food & Drug stores.
Nonperishable food and cash donations will be collected for distribution to local food banks by Northwest Harvest, a nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide in Washington with a network of over 325 food banks, meal programs and high-need elementary schools. Northwest Harvest provides over 1.6 million meals every month to its network.
Food banks are seeking canned food high in protein, canned fruit, pasta, rice and any other non-perishable food items. Donors also may purchase pre-stuffed bags of groceries that include tuna, macaroni and cheese, peaches, chili, green beans and pinto beans for $5 apiece at TOP Food & Drug or make donations at the cash register of $10 or $20.
Requests for assistance at local food banks have been steadily rising the last several years. Also, low-income families are hit harder by higher heating costs during fall and winter. Many food-bank clients are senior citizens or families with children.
“Small donations can add up to make a big difference in our communities,” said Becky Skaggs, spokeswoman for TOP Food & Drug and Haggen Food & Pharmacy stores. “We encourage individuals, organizations and businesses to be generous in helping the hungry.”