For the second year, KING 5 is asking the community to help fill food bank shelves across western washington this summer. Northwest Harvest will again be the beneficiary of all dollars and food raised; and for 2010 we are happy to welcome Northwest Carpenters as a sponsor of the event.
Summer is a time when access to free or reduced meals goes away for the children who need them them most.
In the fall of 2008, 42% of all Washington school children sign-up for free and reduced-price school meals, yet only 11% had access to nutritious meals that summer.
The School's Out! Summer Food Drive was conceived as a way to bring attention to the summertime childhood huger gap.
By filling the shelves of local food banks, nutritious, kid-friendly meals can make their way to low-income families. Help KING 5 and Northwest Harvest make a difference for Washington children.
KING-5 “School’s Out!” Summer Food Drive
June 14-18, 2010
Monday, June 14th Northgate Mall
Tuesday, June 15th Everett Mall
Wednesday, June 16th Tacoma Mall
Thursday, June 17th Redmond Towne Center
Friday, June 18th Westfield Southcenter Mall
Examples of nutritious, kid-friendly, food:
Protein: flip-top cans of chili, ravioli, easy-to-prepare macaroni and cheese, tuna, small plastic jars of peanut butter.
Dairy: shelf-stable milk or soy milk
Fruit: snack sized (4 oz.) applesauce, peaches, pears, fruit cocktail, with flip tops. Fruit juices and fruit snacks.
Vegetables: tomato or vegetable soups; canned green beans or carrots.
Grains: individual servings of instant oatmeal, dry cereal, ramen noodles or Cup O’ Noodles, chicken noodle soup.
Snacks: peanut butter or cheese crackers, energy bars, multigrain bars, nut packets.